In 2006, at the direction of the Vice President for Operations and Finance, and the Provost, a committee to review and approve requests for automated electronic defibrillators was convened. This group, consisting of representatives from DPPS, University Physician’s Office, E. Lansing EMS, Risk Management, Purchasing, and the Office of the General Counsel was charged with oversight of a consistent process for making decisions regarding the purchase, placement, and maintenance of AED’s at MSU.
The group initially came up with a list of prioritized buildings for AED placement. The information and criteria that helped identify which buildings should have an AED included the following:
- Review of records of previous cardiac arrests in those buildings
- Average response time for EMS to arrive at a building after a call is placed.
- Numbers of older adults in the building
- Total numbers of people in the building or facility at any one time.
- The availability of trained staff to conduct CPR in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Additionally, the committee reviewed various vendors who supply AED’s, and recommended that MSU have one type of AED, so that interface with EMS equipment can be easily accomplished , when an AED is used. An added dividend of having one vendor is the ability to get group purchase arrangements that may reduce the cost of a AED to the unit.
View a list of the buildings where there are currently AED’s on campus. (Updated: 3/6/2012)
The buildings that have been identified as a priority for placement of AED’s, based on response time, numbers of people in the building, increased age of large groups of people, or activities or job risk of people in the building are:
Power Plant, Physical Plant Electrical Division, Pavillion, Wharton Center, Auditorium, Clinical Center, and Kellogg Center.
For those who wish to apply for an AED, the process is laid out on the pages within this area of the University Physician's Web site.
Generally AED’s were developed to help reduce cardiac death in areas that were less accessible to EMS, in areas where there were large numbers of people, many of whom are over 50 and at higher risk for sudden cardiac events, or in areas where activities are occurring that significantly increase the risk of sudden cardiac events. Until the priority buildings have AED’s installed, there may be a delay in review of other applications.
If you have questions about the process or the criteria, please call 353-9101.
Request for AED (PDF form)
AED Post-Incident Report (PDF form)
Questions? Contact call 353-9101