The Office of Environmental Safety (OES) coordinates the Public Access Defibrillation Program on the ISU campus.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a malfunction of the heartbeat called ventricular fibrillation.  Ventricular fibrillation causes ineffective blood circulation, and without prompt correction, death ensues.  The most effective treatment for this condition is the administration of an electrical current to the heart by a defibrillator, delivered promptly after the onset of ventricular fibrillation.  An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must only be applied to victim who are unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing.  The AED will analyze the heart rhythm is detected.  If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and deliver a shock.

ISU has 14 AEDs placed in easily accessible, well-marked locations (see Campus Map for AED locations designated by a symbol) around campus plus 3 Public Safety squad cars carry an AED.  An AED is located in each of the following buildings:

Cunningham Memorial Library at the Circulation Desk
Facilities Management and Purchasing Building
Health and Human Services Building at Athletic Training (B17)
Health and Human Services Building outside the north gym
Hulman Center on the upper concourse
Hulman Center at the lower level north ramp
Hulman Memorial Student Union Building at the Information Desk
Landsbaum Center on the 1st floor
Nursing Building on the 2nd floor
Parsons/Rankin Hall on the 2nd floor
Student Recreation Center on the 1st floor
Student Recreation Center on the 2nd floor
Sycamore Center for Wellness & Applied Medicine at the main entrance                               Sycamore Center for Wellness & Applied Medicine in Athletic Training
Tirey Hall outside of Tilson Auditorium

The OES staff performs maintenance inspections including verification of audible alarms and priority signals acknowledged by Public Safety upon having AEDs removed from alarmed cabinets.  The OES staff assists in training Public Safety personnel, Hulman Center staff, and other volunteer employees in an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course.  The course covers adult, child, and infant CPR and chocking as well as adult and child AED and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. If your building has an AED and you are interested in becoming a volunteer employee, please contact the Office of Environmental Safety at extension 4022.

For information on American Heart Association visit the following website:

For additional information on Sudden Cardiac Arrest visit the following websites: or