Each year in the US an estimated 350,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, the only definitive treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is a defibrillation shock that restores a normal heart rhythm. In order to be effective, defibrillation treatment must be administered within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest. Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) provide the necessary defibrillation and improve the survival rate of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victim.
In conjunction with the Dowell Health Center, Environmental Health and Safety has implemented a campus-wide AED program which has placed the life-saving devices at key campus locations. We have also placed a mobile unit with the Towson University Police Department for rapid response to other campus locations, and Events and Conference Services has purchased an AED for use at campus public events.
AEDs do not replace CPR and are used to supplement basic CPR skills; thus anyone who has the potential to utilize AEDs must also be properly trained in basic CPR skills. Contact Environmental Health and Safety to request a training schedule or for additional information.
If the AED is deployed on campus, meaning it responded to an emergency medical incident but the electrodes were NOT attached to the patient, please fill out the following form:
If the AED is used on campus, please fill out the following report form within 24 hours and fax it to Environmental Health and Safety at (410) 704-2993:
The following sites provide information regarding the campus AED program.
- PowerHeart AED G3 Plus
- American Heart Association
- National Center for Early Defibrillation (PDF)
- The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) MIEMSS is the state agency that will implement the AED laws and authorize facilities meeting the necessary requirements to participate in an AED Program in Maryland.
NOTE: Please see "2014 CPR/AED Training Schedule" for important CPR training information.
CPR training classes are held in room 120 of the Administration Building.
Environmental Health and Safety
7400 York Road Building, Suite 301
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Phone: (410) 704-2949
Fax: (410) 704-2993