The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has over 300 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and hundreds of students, staff and faculty trained in lay-rescuer CPR or higher. CPR education on campus helps train or refresh the skills of more than 500 students and staff annually. The campus also is located near post-sudden cardiac arrest facilities, like the East Bank Hospital - M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center.
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus is also home to the Center for Resuscitation Medicine, a key research center for improving cardiac arrest survival.
AEDs can be found in many buildings on campus. Click on the link below to view the locations of AEDs.
In addition to publicly accessible AEDs, the University of Minnesota Police have AEDs in all police vehicles. UMEMS Ambulances and EMTs on duty are also equipped with AEDs.
If you have an AED at your location and would like training on how to use it, as well as a demonstration of hands-only CPR, please contact UMEMS at [email protected] for assistance. This training lasts about 30 minutes, and is free of charge for University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus locations.
Requesting an AED, Batteries, or AED Pads
If you do not have an AED in your building or area, you may request one. While the AED annual budget is limited, we usually have sufficient funds to add a few AEDs to in-need facilities each year throughout the University of Minnesota system.
Requests for AEDs, AED batteries or AED cabinet batteries, and AED pads can be made through DEM by sending an email to [email protected].
AED Placement Guidelines
AEDs must be placed in a location that is accessible to all individuals.
AEDs must be secured in an approved AED cabinet.
The placement location must be well-marked, publicized and highly visible among building occupants.
Once the cabinet and AED are installed, send a photograph and location description to Emergency Management at [email protected]. This will allow us to update the database and add it to the next map update.
The Public Safety Emergency Communications Center must be notified of all AED placements allowing 911 operators to guide callers to the nearest AED.
It is preferred that signage be visible at entrances advising persons that there is an AED on site. Signage must be easily read and legible upon entrance to a structure.
If You Used Your AED
If your area’s AED was used for a medical emergency, please contact Emergency Management as soon as possible after the emergency is over. The fastest way to reach us is by email at [email protected]. You can also call 612-626-8047. We will have someone over within 2 business days to service the device.
If Your AED Is Beeping
We provide routine servicing of the AEDs, and usually address issues before the AED can identify them. The AEDs here at the University perform regular self-tests. If a unit is beeping, it has identified a problem. Email [email protected] and we’ll send someone to service it, usually within 2 business days.. If you’d like to know what the issue is, you can push the blue button on the device and it will tell you the problem as well. In most cases, even when the device is beeping, it will do its job at least one more time if necessary.
Stop the Bleed Kits
Stop the Bleed kits, containing emergency dressings and tourniquets have been placed in locations across the Twin Cities Campus where there may be public gatherings or where students and staff in the area may be at risk for injury. Most are co-located with an area's AED, and those locations are listed on the interactive map.
For "Stop the Bleed" training, you can reach out to the Health Emergency Response Office (HERO) at [email protected].