An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Currently the survival rate for sudden cardiac conditions is very poor, typically 1% but if an AED is used promptly, the victims chances of survival can increase significantly, e.g. if an AED is used within five minutes the victim has a 50% chance of survival. (HSE Report of the Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Death 2006)

There are 13 AEDs on Campus and AEDs are also in place in Aras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Carna and Aras Uí Chadhain, An Cheathru Rua. Their locations are shown on the Campus Map (interactive map – search for AED) and listed below. This equipment is to be used by trained personnel only.


There are over 150 personnel on site trained in the use of AEDs. This includes members of staff from the Student Health Unit, School of Nursing and Midwifery and others who have completed specific AED training. Please use the attached lists of AED trained personnel for the AED(s) relevant to you.


Heads of Units must ensure that adequate local arrangements are in place to ensure a prompt response to a cardiac emergency as part of their Occupational First Aid arrangements. A Local Cardiac Arrest Response Plan should be prepared.

All members of the NUI Galway Community should familiarise themselves with the locations of the AEDs and who are the trained NUI Galway personnel that should be contacted in the event of coming across someone who may need the AED. As a back-up measure a telephone is beside most AEDs, which can be used to get help or rung to get a by-stander to bring the AED to a casualty. The relevant extensions are listed below. Please print off this information to be prepared to respond in the event of a local emergency.


Staff are reminded that they need to be aware of what to do in the event of any university first aid situations or emergencies:

Do you know the names and contact details of the nearest first aiders? Do you know the names and contact details of the nearest AED Responders

See list of NUI Galway Occupational First Aiders (all trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).

Do you know how to make an 999/112 emergency phone call –
See Emergency Information.
A 999/112 call requesting a “cardiac ambulance” should be made where you come across any unconscious casualty.

The University’s AED Policy was finalised in 2010.