Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In the event of a cardiac arrest, an automated external defibrillator (AED) can deliver a lifesaving electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. There are more than 150 AEDs located across WashU’s campuses.

Washington University’s Emergency Support Team offers monthly CPR and AED courses for WashU students and employees. Learn more and sign up here. Additional courses are offered through the American Red Cross and CPR Plus. School of Medicine employees are also eligible for training through the Faculty Practice Plan. Registration is through Learn@Work.

If you notice that an AED is missing from a cabinet, or one that is beeping due to a low battery, please notify the Emergency Management Department at