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Defibrillator Policy

These arrangements relate to the training/familiarisation of staff in the use of the Portable Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), the emergency response procedure for using them and the maintenance of the AED equipment. Other related issues such as security and building access are also covered.


Portable AEDs are lightweight devices that are relatively easy to operate and are intended for use in emergency situations when a casualty has a serious cardiac rhythm disturbance causing unconsciousness, such as a heart attack. AEDs are not effective for all cardiac emergencies but they are of benefit in a small proportion of acute emergencies.


Defibrillator Guidance​​


AEDs are provided by the University at the following campuses:

Merchiston Campus: adjacent to disabled toilets - bottom of stairs
Sighthill Campus: main entrance area next to lifts
Craiglockhart Campus: left of reception desk

In addition to the above locations, AEDs are also located in a number of other areas throughout the University. 

  • [EN]GAGE, Sports Centre, Sighthill Campus - located behind reception desk
  • School of Applied Sciences, Sports Centre, Sighthill Campus - 0.F.07

  • Bainfield Student Accommodation reception
  • Orwell Terrace Student Accommodation reception
  • Slateford Road Student Accommodation reception
  • Security Services mobile vehicles x 2


Related links:

AED instruction manual​

Resuscitation Council video: https://life-saver.org.uk/​ 

From the Resuscitation Council website The Resuscitation Council (UK) has combined forces with award-winning production company UNIT9, to develop Lifesaver - a revolutionary new way to learn CPR which scooped four gold and one silver e-learning awards, and People's Voice Webby winner in the Education and Reference (handheld devices) category.

Lifesaver is a live-action movie you play like a game. It just happens to show you how to save someone's life. It throws you into the heart of the action, changing what happens in movies showing real people in real places. It was written and directed by six-time BAFTA/Emmy nominee Martin Percy, and features the actress Daisy Ridley (recently named lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII).