University of Houston
Division of Administration and Finance
Department of Public Safety
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device about the size of a thick laptop computer
that analyzes the heart's rhythm for any abnormalities and, if necessary, directs the rescuer to
deliver an electrical shock to the victim. This shock, called defibrillation, may help the heart to
reestablish an effective rhythm of its own.
Here at the University of Houston Main Campus we have 29 AED’s spread throughout the
campus, and have another 12 AED’s assigned to the University of Houston Department of
Public Safety. Each patrol vehicle operated by the Department of Public Safety is equipped with
an AED. The University of Houston System Sugar Land Campus and University of Houston
System Cinco Ranch each have an AED. Once a month the AED’s are inspected and tested to
make sure they are in proper operational order.