Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layman, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level CPR classes.
Locations of AEDs on Grinnell College Campus
- Security Patrol Vehicle
- The Athletic Department has four AEDs. One is located in the pool area; one is located in the cage; and two are transported with the trainers to whatever sport they are working. When the trainers are done using the devices, both end up in the training room or one is located in the training room and the other one is located on the trainer's cart that goes to the gym or pool.
- The newest AED is located at the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACs).
Neither Dining Services or the Gallery have an AED.