An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that assists individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electrical shock (or defibrillation) to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

This easy-to-use medical device helps non-medical professionals render aid quickly to save a life. The AED ensures that an electric shock is delivered only when necessary.

The Department of Public Safety is the primary AED provider at the University Park and Health Sciences Campuses. AED units are also available in select buildings such as the Galen Center, LA Memorial Coliseum, School of Dentistry, and Student Health.


Anyone expected to use an AED in a cardiac emergency must be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the appropriate use of AED devices. Visit the AED web page for more information. First Aid/CPR Training is offered at the USC Lyon Center 213-740-5127.

For all medical emergencies on campus, call the DPS Emergency number at 213-740-4321 (UPC) or 323-442-1000 (HSC).