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Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

The University of Houston-Downtown has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program with a goal of saving lives due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The program includes stationing an AED throughout each campus building, UHDPD vehicles and UHD Sports and Fitness vans. The Office of Emergency Management manages the program which includes monthly inspections and maintenance of the AED devices.

What is an AED and how does it work?

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing SCA. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

Why the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED?

The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED allows anyone with little or no training to treat the most common cause of suspected SCA by delivering a shock quickly and effectively, wherever SCA happens. The OnSite AED provides practically real-time guidance through step-by-step voice commands from pad placement to performing CPR. 

Philips HeartStart Onsite AED Video -


AEDs on campus are supplied with a ready kit that contains:

  • 1 CPR mask
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears
  • 1 Razor
  • 2 Pairs of large gloves
  • 2 Sanitary wipes
  • 2 Sterile 4x4 dressings
  • 2 Nonsterile towel wipes


Are you interested in becoming CPR certified? Visit the UHD Sports and Fitness page to find out how to sign up for American Red Cross CPR training.