The American Red Cross reports that more than 200,000 Americans die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every year. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if someone had initiated the Cardiac Chain of Survival, and an automated external defibrillator (AED) had been available for immediate use at the time of the emergency.
In an effort to help improve SCA survival rates, CSU has installed AEDs in numerous buildings across its multiple campuses. AEDs continue to be added to both existing buildings and new construction projects as needed in order to reduce bystander response time. Along with the numerous AEDs at CSU, it is highly recommended that all faculty, staff and students learn how to perform CPR and use the AED. With proper awareness of lifesaving skills and an increased bystander willingness to help, hopefully we can help decrease the rate of SCA.
RMI’s AED program works to maintain over 260 AEDs across campus and we partner with AED monitors to assist with the monthly inspection duties.
Each AED, according to manufacturer instructions, must be inspected once every month to ensure that it says “OK” on its display. We use a web service to track these inspections. The entire inspection and inputting process takes less than five minutes, once per month.
AED locations across campus can be found on CSU’s interactive map.
On the left side menu bar, click the Health and Safety drop down button and check the box for AEDs. Click the pins on the map to see additional location information and pictures.
For additional AED locations throughout the city, state, and throughout the U.S., see the PulsePoint website. PulsePoint provides a mobile application regarding AED locations, Cardiac Arrest Events in Progress, etc.
More information about SCA and AEDs
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) cases are usually due to abnormal heart rhythms. Victims of SCA collapse and quickly loose consciousness. Unless a normal heart rhythm is restored, death will follow in a matter of minutes.
An AED is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore a normal heart rate. AEDs provide visual and auditory information to guide responders in its use.
CPR/First Aid Information
The Office of Risk Management & Insurance offers AED Orientation and Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and First Aid classes. Each of these classes are offered on a regular basis and are open to all CSU faculty, staff, and students.
Classes are held in the General Services Building in room 340.