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  • An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device designed to be used by general public or trained employees to respond to apparent cases of cardiac arrest.  AEDs automatically analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock when ventricular fibrillation is detected.  The shock often restores the heart rhythm to normal.

    There are 220,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work. Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical system personnel results in only 5-7% survival. Studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest. (1)

    AED Authorization Form


    Location of Units at UF
    AEDs are in a variety of public access UF facilities including all venue, recreation and many academic facilities. All University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) Patrol vehicles are equipped with AEDs and officers trained in their use.

    For complete list access UF campus maps https://campusmap.ufl.edu/#/index

    Step 1: Authorization
    The University requires departments to contact EHS to submit a request for approval of an AED purchase.  EHS will provide guidance and information on models and units requirements.

    • Designate primary and alternate contact who will be responsible for the management of the AED program for the department or unit.
    • Submit Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Authorization Form page 1.
    Step 2: Registration
    • Contact AED vendors and purchase the AED. Once AED installed, submit Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Authorization Form page 2 to EH&S.

    (Note: Florida Statutes require: “An AED is obtained by a prescription from a licensed physician. The prescription must accompany the order for the AED.” If a prescription is needed to purchase the AED, the Director of Student Health Care Center is the prescribing physician at UF.

    Step 3: Develop a Program
    When the AED is received you should:

    • Provide or arrange training in CPR/AED for staff listed in the program.

    (NOTE: University of Florida Policy: “ All persons who use an automated external defibrillator should obtain appropriate training, to include completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or successful completion of a basic first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator”.)

    • Establish and maintain a departmental quality assurance program.
    • Ensure that inspections and maintenance are conducted and documented in a timely manner and in accordance with service manuals provided by the manufacturer.
    Step 4: All changes to departmental AED program must be submitted to EH&S
    • Notify EHS about changes in departmental contact, purchase and replaced batteries, pads and other supplies.
    • Notify EHS within 24 hours of an incident or possible use.
    Dennis Fleetwood

    Interim Director, EH&S
    Dennis Fleetwood

    Julie Ramsey

    Coordinator, EH&S
    Julie Ramsey