Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program


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

Public Safety
Building 25
PS Dispatch Office - Room 1160
Student Health
Building 23A
Triage - Room 1104
Student Life Center
Building 23
Equipment Cage - Room A240
Fitness Lab - Room A100
Clark Gym
Building 3
Athletic Trainers Office - Room A263
Gordon Field House
Building 24
Life Guard Office - Room A548
Fitness Center - Room A350 
RIT Inn and Conference Center
Main Lobby Reception Desk
Center For Bioscience (CBET)
Building 75
2nd Floor - Opposite of Room 2171
Golisano College of Computing
Building 70
3rd Floor - Room 3005
OSHER Institute (Athenaeum)
John St.
Main reception area
Global Village
Building 400
Hallway Outside of Room 1280
Red Barn
Building 80

In addition to the above list all Public Safety vehicles are equipped with an AED.


Management Requirements

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.


Training Requirements

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.