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Loughborough University

Health and Safety

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

AED sign

What is the purpose of an Automated External defibrillator (AED)?

A defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight portable machine that can give the heart a controlled electrical shock during a cardiac arrest. An AED detects the electrical activity of the heart and gives automated instructions to the operator on what to do, the AED will only operate under certain circumstances to prevent incorrect use. The British Heart Foundation says that for every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by about 10 percent. Research shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival for the casualty.

The University arrangements for emergency response to a cardiac arrest, e.g. publishing the location and contact details of AED responders, locations of AED’s, and the provision of AED training, aim to ensure that a defibrillator and trained operator(s) reach the casualty without delay. Please use the links below for a full copy of the Guidance on the use of Defibrillators at Loughborough University.

Related Links

AED Guidance for the Use of Defibrillators at Loughborough University

AED Locations and Responders

AED Checklist

The British Heart Foundation

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)




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