Health and Safety

AEDs (Defibrillators)

What is the purpose of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)?

Portable AEDs (defibrillators) are lightweight devices that are relatively easy to operate and are intended for use in emergency situations when a casualty has a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance causing unconsciousness, such as a heart attack. AEDs are not effective for all cardiac emergencies but they are of benefit in a small proportion of acute emergencies.

An AED acts to restart or correct the heart by applying an electric shock to the chest. It detects the electrical activity of the heart and gives automated instructions to the operator on what to do. The automatic diagnostic sequence ensures that they will only operate under appropriate circumstances thus preventing their incorrect use.

The quicker life saving first aid and a defibrillator are used on a casualty, the better the outlook for survival.

How to Use an AED (Defibrillator)

Familiarisation training is available to all staff. We tend to run a batch of sessions around the start of the academic year. Please check our Training page for dates. 

Alternatively you can see a demonstration of how to use an AED at: 

University Provision

The University has 26 AEDs:

  • University Park 11 units
  • Jubilee Campus 3 units
  • Sutton Bonington 4 units
  • Kings Meadow Campus 2 units
  • Medical School 1 unit
  • Offsite Sports Facilities 3 units
  • Security vehicles 2 units

For exact locations, see Related Links.



Health and Safety Department

Pharmacy Building (Building 63)
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: Telephone: +44 (0)115 9513401
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