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Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.  It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.  This user friendly tool has become a common sight in public areas like recreation centres and sports arenas and now, can also be found in many buildings across McMaster University.

McMaster University is the first university in Canada to install outdoor AED SaveStations.  These SaveStations can now be placed outside because of new cabinet technology that keeps the AEDs warm in the winter, cool in the summer and monitors the AED inside 24/7.  These SaveStations are also present indoors creating a unified look for all students, staff, and visitors to quickly identify.  The outdoor units are located adjacent to the emergency Red Assistance Phones which provide a direct link to McMaster Security Services.  Currently the three AEDs are located in Parking Lot P, Parking Lot H and McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) south entrance/exit by Mills Library.

Outdoor AED SaVeStation Locations


McMaster University Student Centre                Lot P Baseball Fields (West Campus)            Lot H near Athletics Field/ Alpine Tower

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Why are AED's Important? Learn More

AEDs can save lives.


AED Locations Learn More

McMaster AED locations.

RMM 1207 Automated External Defibrillator Management Program Learn More

RMM 1207 Automated External Defibrillator Management Program

AED Inspections and Maintenance Learn More

Campus AED’s are inspected monthly.

RMM 1204 First Aid Program Learn More

RMM 1204 First Aid Program

How to Use an AED (Training Videos)

The Philips HeartStart FRxdefibrillator is the most common AED unit found on the McMaster University campus.  It features step-by-step voice instructions, including CPR guidance and an audible metronome to help guide basic life support responders while treating a suspected sudden cardiac arrest.  These AED steps should be used when caring for a non-breathing child aged 8 or older who weighs more than 55 pounds, or an adult.  After checking the scene and ensuring that person needs help contact Campus Security by dialing 88 on an internal phone/905-522-4135 or the emergency contact number in your area.

Although training is not needed to use an AED, it is part of Standard First Aid training. Standard First Aid training is available through Athletics and Recreation or contact University Health and Safety at for tailored sessions.

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Cheryl Beecroft

Health and Safety Specialist