A red AED case is open, showing a blue Philips Heartstart OnSite AED.

AEDs on Campus

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are valuable life-saving devices for people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The University of Kansas maintains more than 170 AEDs in 124 different buildings on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. See the list below or click the map link to find the AED closest to you.


Having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) close by can mean the difference between life and death when every second counts. The University of Kansas strives to maintain an effective AED program to support the health and wellness of the KU community. KU Emergency Management inspects each AED monthly. KU Police officers also carry AEDs in their patrol cars and respond to all medical incidents on campus.

Each AED performs daily self-checks on its components, including the pads and batteries. The AED is operational and ready for use as long as the status indicator light on the front of the AED flashes green. If the status indicator light flashes red or orange, or the machine starts beeping, notify KU Emergency Management (785-864-5900) or Facilities Services (785-864-4770) immediately so that the AED can be serviced.

Note: most AED wall cabinets are alarmed. These alarms are meant to deter theft, and also to notify others in the area to the emergency. The alarm should turn off as soon as the cabinet door is closed. The alarm is not monitored, so call 911 as soon as possible before retrieving the AED.


Using an AED

AEDs are simple to use and include step-by-step instructions to lead anyone through using an AED. There are many AED brands and models on campus, but all have the same general features and steps. The most common AEDs on campus are the Philips Heartstart OnSite and the Zoll AED 3. The videos below show brief demonstrations for how to use these AEDs. The videos will allow you to become more familiar with the AEDs on campus, but they are not a substitute for receiving CPR/AED training from a certified instructor.

Bleeding Control Kits

Most AED cabinets on campus now also house a bleeding control kit, made available through a partnership with Watkins Health Services and the Health Education Resource Office (HERO). Each kit contains a CAT tourniquet, emergency trauma dressing, wound packing gauze, nitrile gloves, a survival blanket, and an instruction pamphlet. The kits are meant for life-threatening bleeding due to trauma, not minor cuts and scrapes. A free web-based training called You Are The Help Until Help Arrives is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For hands-on skills training, contact HERO, or find a program and course offering at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Stop the Bleed website.

PulsePoint Mobile App

Douglas County is a PulsePoint connected community! PulsePoint is a free app that alerts bystanders of nearby cardiac arrest incidents in public areas that may require CPR attention. The proactiveness of our community to assist in these incidents while First Responders are en route can greatly increase the patient's survivability in the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. You can help save a life! Download the app and follow Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical (LDCFM) to receive alerts.
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