Automated External Defibrillator Program

External Automated Defibrillator Program (AED)

The UCSC Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is managed by the Office of Emergency Services.  Management of this program ensures UCSC's compliance to State and County AED Health Code regulations. 

An AED is used to treat victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest.  An AED is only to be applied to victims who are unconscious, not breathing normally, and showing no signs of circulation such as normal breathing, coughing or movement. An AED will analyze the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected. If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and deliver a shock.

The UCSC Automated External Defibrillator Program manual provides guidelines for managing, using and reporting AED incidences.

IMPORTANT: The Office of Emergency Services recommends specific AED models for purchase. These AEDs have been vetted for their technical qualities and vendor support.  It is important that departments do not acquire AEDs outside of the UCSC AED program. 

Application for Grant Supported AEDs and Training

The Office of Emergency has acquired grant funding for a limited supply of AEDs and First Aid/AED/CPR training.  If your department would like to participate in this program, please complete AED and Training Application.  

First Aid, AED and CPR Training

The Recreation Department of the Office of Physical Education, Recreation & Sports (OPERS) offers American Heart Association training. 

For more information about current offerings and custom group classes, please contact us at or 831.459.1693.

AED Guidance Documents

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