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AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and McMaster University

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that allows the user to provide potentially life saving treatment to someone who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmias.

SaveStation Cabinet

The Power to Save a Life

SaveStation is more than an AED cabinet, it’s a public awareness program that is providing critical education about CPR and how to use an AED.

With less than 10 minutes to save a life, we need the public to feel confident to take action in an emergency.

Knowing where to go when witnessing sudden cardiac arrest is the first step to save a life.

Now, the public will be trained to quickly recognize a SaveStation and always know where to go in the event of an emergency.

Check out the QR code on the SaveStation cabinet to learn more about how to use the AED inside.


Why Introduce SaveStation on Campus?

Creating a Cardiac Safe Campus should be our collective goal - It's time to make a difference and collectively reduce unnecessary death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.



The Facts:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is among the #1 causes of death in most developed countries.
  • SCA is just that - sudden - there are no warning signs and it can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time.
  • The majority of people that go into SCA are in public places or at home.
  • Every 11 minutes, someone will go into SCA.
  • Without the PUBLIC having quick access to and use of an AED & the delivery of CPR the chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest is almost ZERO.
  • When in Cardiac Arrest - every second matters, for every minute that goes by, the chance of survial drops by 10%;
    • 0-4 minutes brain damage unlikely
    • 4-6 minutes brain damage begins
    • 6-10 minutes brain damage most likely
    • 10+ minutes brain damage irreversible
  • Use of an AED and CPR is the only initial treatment for anyone in SCA.
  • With an AED, the chance of surviving SCA can increase to over 75%.
  • Average response time within city limits for paramedics to arrive on scence can vary, but is approx 8-10 mins. Response time in rural areas can be much higher.


The Current Problem:

  • We do not have enough widespread access to AEDs to protect the public and prevent unnecessary death from SCA. Ideally, an AED needs to be accessed and placed on a patient in under 4 minutes.
  • The majority of AEDs currently in public spaces are in buildings that are locked after hours and on weekends.


The Research:

  • There is poor signage, visibliity and aweness surrounding public access AEDs.
  • No consistent look to any AED in the public which would suggest the public would not know what to look for quickly in an emergency.
  • Lack of widespread public confidence on how and when to use an AED.


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