Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Chaden Djalali, Dean; Marc Armstrong, Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure
RE: Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

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According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.  More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals each year; less than 10% of those victims survive.  Access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can significantly improve the chances of survival when a heart emergency occurs.  At The University of Iowa, nearly all medical and recreation buildings have AEDs installed for public use; unfortunately, many CLAS buildings do not.  (See UI map showing current AED locations.)

In working with the UI Department of Public Safety (DPS), we have identified the following CLAS buildings which do not have an AED installed:

  • Adler Journalism Building
  • Art Building West
  • Becker Communication Studies Building
  • Biology Building
  • Biology Building East
  • Chemistry Building
  • Dey House
  • English-Philosophy Building
  • Iowa Advanced Technologies Lab
  • Jefferson Building
  • Maclean Hall
  • North Hall
  • Phillips Hall
  • Schaeffer Hall
  • Seashore Hall
  • Spence Laboratories for Psychology
  • Stuit Hall
  • Theatre Building
  • Trowbridge Hall
  • Van Allen Hall

In an effort to improve the safety of our faculty, staff and students on campus, CLAS will purchase AEDs for each of the identified buildings.  Once purchased, DPS will oversee the installation and maintenance of the devices.  DPS will work with the building coordinator on the placement of the unit within each building to insure visibility and access.  If there are other CLAS buildings that are not on this list, or if any of the buildings listed above has an AED, please contact Eugene Buck (CLAS Facilities Director,

As AEDs are installed in CLAS buildings, we will announce opportunities for training.