The University of Virginia is committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to grounds. To this end, the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness oversees and maintains a robust Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, which at present includes over 270 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
AEDs and Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. This condition affects nearly 400,000 Americans annually, and is responsible for 1 death every 37 seconds in the United States. Each year, sudden cardiac arrest claims more lives than cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and accidental trauma combined. AEDs are a vital link in the chain of survival, and have been clinically proven to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest. Studies have shown that the early application (within 3-4 minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest) of an AED can increase survival rates by nearly three times.
UVA's AED Program
Map of AEDs at UVA (Click any location to find additional information such as room number and location description)
Program Medical Direction
Medical direction for UVA's AED program is provided by Dr. Bill Brady, Professor of Emergency and Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. A world renowned expert in his field, Dr. Brady has nearly 400 scholarly articles to his credit and has authored or edited 14 textbooks, mostly on resuscitation science, emergency medical services, and large scale disaster/special events medicine. Besides his roles as a professor, attending emergency room physician, chair of the University's resuscitation committee, and emergency preparedness and response medical director, Dr. Brady also serves as the medical director for several local Fire/EMS agencies and is known for showing up on emergency scenes to assist local EMTs and paramedics. The 2013 recipient of the David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award, Dr. Brady is a favorite among graduate medical students and residents alike, and is known for his openness, active approach to learning, and focus on physician mentorship.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) plays a vital role in the chain of survival from cardiac arrest. While the first uses of external chest compressions were documented as early as 1903, CPR did not become a standard of treatment until the early-1960s. Endorsed by the American Heart Association in 1963, CPR has evolved ever since. As more research is conducted on the subject of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association continues to refine its guidelines, which generally are released every five years. In the latest update (2015), the option of "Hands Only CPR" was introduced. Aimed at non-professional rescuers, hands only CPR is a concept that removes mouth-to-mouth from the steps of CPR, instead focusing only on high quality chest compressions.
The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness is pleased to offer American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR/AED certification courses to official University departments, offices, and organization. Details on CPR courses for official University departments, offices, and organizations can be found here. To schedule a course for your department, office, or organization, please fill out this web form or contact the program coordinator.
Please note: The course offered by the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness is geared towards the lay rescuer and does not suffice for healthcare providers required to maintain CPR certification. Employees of the UVA Health System, School of Medicine, or School of Nursing employees whose jobs require BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification (clinicians) should contact the Health System's Life Support Learning Center for recertification information.
You don't have to be certified to make a difference. "Hands only" CPR is easy to learn and do, just ask University Dean of Students Allen Groves. The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness also distributes this quick reference guide with each AED, please feel free to print this and keep it close by for reference. For additional information on learning CPR, please visit the American Heart Association.
General Program Information
For more information on the AED program or on CPR courses offered at the University, please contact: