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This hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It is taught in conjunction with usage of an AED.

The class can certifies individuals to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants.

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.

AEDs are portable defibrillators that deliver an electrical shock in effort to revive a person that has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. These devices are rapidly gaining recognition as a lifesaving tool because they are easy to use and will deliver an electrical shock only if it is appropriate. You have probably seen them in airports, health clubs, hotels, or other public places - including around Campus! Federal laws have been established that provide "Good Samaritan" protections for anyone who uses an AED to try to revive a person in cardiac arrest. They do not replace cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in emergency situations, but delivering an electrical shock to a person in cardiac arrest quickly is the most important part of the CPR process. Nor do they replace appropriate training for any type of emergency response.

The EH&S Department acts as the program administrator for William & Mary’s Automatic External Defibrillator Program and is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the installation of AEDs at selected locations throughout the campus.
  • Serves as the point of contact for Site Coordinators and Authorized Users.
  • Assists building coordinators with inspections of the units and associated equipment on a monthly basis

AED Documents