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Automated External Defibrillators

About AEDs

General Information

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. More information can be found at The American Heart Association.

UTK Information

EHS suggests that department heads notify employees in their building at least annually, where the nearest AED is located. All employees should be familiar with emergency procedures, which include medical emergencies. Department heads shall have a sufficient number of employees trained in CPR/AED if their building contains an AED. Trained personnel will be present when the building is open. Refresher training and record keeping are mandatory.

CPR and AED courses are available locally through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or other programs recognized by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board. Please see the AED Safety Program in the Safety Manual for more details.


A map of AED locations is hosted on the UTK maps site. This map has many layers that can be activated by selecting them from the menu.

  • Select Safety Safety icon
  • Then Select Defibrillators¬†Defibrilators icon
  • Then Select a building. The example below shows Ayres Hall.


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