What is an AED or Defibrillator?

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% however 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.

How many AEDs are there in University of Galway?

There are 20 AEDs on campus. AEDs are also in place in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Carna and Áras Uí Chadhain, An Cheathru Rua and Shannon College of Hotel Management. There are also AEDs on the Park & Ride buses. For locations see map under files for download.  This equipment is to be used by trained personnel only.

Where are the AEDs located and is there a phone near them?

Yes, the table below summarises this information for all University of Galway AEDs and you will find an AED Map here. 
Please note, if ringing from an external phone dial (091) 49 before the 4 digit extensions below.

1 Áras na Mac Léinn‌ Áras na Mac Léinn AED H91 RTR6 Main Foyer 5100
2 Áras Moyola Áras Moyola AED   Main Foyer 5200
3 James Hardiman Building Library AED H91 REW4 Behind Steward's Desk 5340
4 Engineering Building - North Campus Alice Perry Building AED H91 HX31 Riverside Reception Ground Floor tbc
5 Sports Pavilion Dangan Sports Pavillion AED   Gable wall to right of building n/a
6 NCBES, Orbsen Building Orbsen AED H91 DK59 1st Floor, Adjacent to Reception 5900
7 CSI, Entrance Level CSI AED   Adjacent to Main Restaurant 5500
8 Data Science Institute, Dangan Data Science Inst, Dangan AED H91 AEX4 1st Floor Meeting Room Corridor 5300
9 Sports Complex Kingfisher Kingfisher AED   Main Reception 540300
10 Sports Complex Kingfisher Kingfisher AED   First Aid Room 540300
11 Quadrangle Quadrangle AED   Archway 3543
12 Concourse Concourse AED H91 CF50 BOI end outside O' Flaherty Theatre 2800
13 Cairnes Building Cairnes Building AED H91 WN80 St. Anthony's side of Friar's 5693
14 LifeCourse Science Institute ILAS AED H91 C7DK Main Entrance Foyer tbc
15 Biomedical Sciences Biomedical Sciences AED H91 W2TY Main Entrance Foyer 5638
16 Education Building, Nun's Island Nuns' Island AED   Main Entrance Corridor 2195
17 Carna Carna AED   Corridor to Left of Reception Area tbc
18 An Cheathrú Rua An Cheathrú Rua   Reception Area 595101
19 Human Biology Building HBB AED H91 W5P7 Main Entrance tbc   
20    Security Office        Security Office    n/a

How many staff are trained to use an AED in University of Galway?

There are approx 200 staff in University of Galway trained to use AEDs.  This includes all First Aid Responders and staff in the Student Health Unit and the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 

What should Heads of Units do to be prepared to repond to an cardiac emergency?

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.

What should I be familiar with so that I can assist in a cardiac emergency?

  • The locations of the AEDs.
  • The trained University of Galway personnel to contact in the event of coming across an unconscious person (print off the attached lists of AED trained personnel for the AED(s) nearest you)
  • How to make an 112/999 emergency phone call - See Emergency Information above and RED Card (PHECC).
  • A 112/999 call requesting a "cardiac ambulance" must be made where you come across any unconscious casualty.
  • This information is summarised in this AED Demonstration Information Summary.

Where can I find a list of AED's and Local Co-Ordinator's?

You will find a‌ List of AED's and Local Co-Ordinator's here.