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    ⏵ Inform the dispatcher if cardiac arrest is suspected!

    *All University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) patrol cars are equipped with AEDs and officers are trained in their use*

    AEDs Save Lives – Improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when ventricular fibrillation takes place or when the heart stops beating altogether. Ventricular fibrillation is the uncoordinated heart rhythm most often responsible for sudden cardiac arrest.

    Without medical attention, the victim collapses, loses consciousness, and dies. Many victims have no prior history of heart disease and are stricken without warning. 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)

    An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device designed to be used by trained employees or the general public 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.

    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: EHS Approval for AED Purchase
    The University requires departments to contact EHS and submit an email request to aed@ehs.ufl.edu for approval of an AED purchase.
    EHS will provide guidance and information on models and unit requirements.
    In addition, EHS will provide guidance on decommissioning and recycling an outdated AED.

    AED Purchasing Information
    AED Vendor List
    AED Decommissioning and Recycling Information

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


    The chart below indicates equipment requirements and recommendations depending on location.

    Locations                                         AED                            FA Kit                                   Bleed Kit

    Main Campus                                 Optional                        Recommended                  Recommended

    Off-Campus (EMS < 6 miles)      Optional                        Strongly Recommend      Strongly Recommend

    Off-Campus  (EMS > 6miles)      Strongly recommend  Strongly Recommend     Strongly Recommend

    First-Aid and Bleed Kits are available from numerous suppliers. The size and scope of the facility should be reflected in the amount and contents of each kit. If in doubt please contact EHS for assistance.


    The chart below indicates training requirements and recommendations depending on location.

    Locations                                        AED                                FA Kit                                Bleed Kit

    Main Campus                                Encouraged                    Recommended                 Recommended

    Off-Campus (EMS < 6 miles)     Encouraged                   Strongly Recommend    Strongly Recommend

    Off-Campus (EMS > 6miles)      Strongly recommend   Strongly Recommend    Strongly Recommend

    Step 4: Changes to departmental AED program
    • Notify EHS about changes in departmental contact.
    • Contact EHS for suggestions, but departments can purchase replacement batteries, pads and other supplies from any vendor.
    • Notify EHS within 24 hours of an incident or possible use.

    AED Coordinator, EH&S