Heart disease is a significant health problem that, according to the American Heart Association, affects nearly 8 percent of all Americans and results in nearly 350,000 deaths each year. While several electrical abnormalities can result in sudden cardiac arrest, the majority begin with ventricular fibrillation. Rapid treatment of ventricular fibrillation, through the application of a controlled electrical shock, is essential to the victim’s survival.
What is an AED?
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): An AED is a device that attaches to a victim's chest to assess the heart's rhythm and, if needed, automatically recommends whether or not a shock be delivered to correct the heart's rhythm in an effort to revive a person that has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. These devices are rapidly gaining recognition as a lifesaving tool and are easy to use. They deliver an electrical shock only if it is appropriate. An adult who has just gone into sudden cardiac arrest (i.e., cessation of a heartbeat, most commonly due to a heart attack) is most likely in urgent need of defibrillation and a metered electrical charge can often restore the heart to healthy function and save a life. To provide a realistic chance of survival, defibrillation must be available soon after cardiac arrest.
Current AED Locations on the RIT Campus
In addition to the above list all Public Safety vehicles are equipped with an AED.
New York State has a number of requirements for groups, associations, businesses and employers who provide AED availability. For this reason to ensure compliance with NYS laws, prior to making any AED purchases, please contact RIT Environmental Health and Safety.
Only those who have been trained in the use of AEDs are permitted to use them in emergency situations. All AED responders must complete a recognized AED/CPR program. (e.g. American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Safety Council). Depending on the program you choose, refresher training is required either annually (National Safety Council, American Red Cross) or every two years (American Heart Association).
Contact the EH&S Department with any questions at (585) 475-2040.