Automated External Defibrillators


Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available across university campus to provide quick response in the event of a cardiac arrest.

An AED is a portable unit that provides a life-saving shock to a person in sudden cardiac arrest, when the heart unexpectedly and abruptly stops beating. This is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. Once applied, the AED analyzes a patient’s heart activity and determines if a lifesaving shock is required. The AED cannot deliver a shock unless the person is in cardiac arrest.

Defibrillators cannot do harm

AEDs are critical in emergencies and are easy to operate.

Once activated, the device provides easy-to-follow voice instructions and automatically determines if someone requires a life-saving shock.

Defibrillators cannot do harm, and will only deliver a life-saving shock if it is required in the case of cardiac arrest.

How do you use an AED?

  1. Turn on the AED and listen to voice prompts for instructions.
  2. Remove clothing from chest
  3. Stick electrode pads to bare chest.
  4. Once you have the pads on, stand back from the patient while the AED decides whether a shock is needed.
  5. Continue to follow the voice prompts.

See the video demonstration of using the LIFEPAK CR2 AED.

Where are AEDs located on the Vancouver campus?

AEDs are available at a number of publicly accessible buildings across the UBC Vancouver campus. The portable AED devices are located in a white cabinet with an AED sign above the unit.

In the event of an emergency when a defibrillator is required, 9-1-1 dispatchers can also provide direction to the nearest AED.

Locate the nearest AED on UBC Vancouver campus