Heart disease is a significant health problem that, according to the American Heart Association, affects nearly 8 percent of all Americans and results in nearly 350,000 deaths each year. While several electrical abnormalities can result in sudden cardiac arrest, the majority begin with ventricular fibrillation. Rapid treatment of ventricular fibrillation, through the application of a controlled electrical shock, is essential to the victim’s survival.

The University AED Program was established to meet appropriate portions of ACOEM’s Guidelines for the Use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Workplace Setting

The ACOEM recommends placement, when practical, of AEDs in sufficient workplace locations to allow initiation of resuscitation and use of the AED (the so-called “drop to shock” interval) within 5 minutes of recognized cardiac arrest. AED units have been placed in University Police vehicles, the athletic facilities, and other approved locations.

Placement of AEDs and supplies will be considered by utilizing, in part, the following criteria:

  •  Departments or other functional areas that are staffed with trained and certified first responders.
  •  Locations considered to present a higher than normal risk for occupants to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, such as athletic facilities.
  •  Wherever mandated by regulatory requirements.

CSUSM is part of the San Diego Project Heartbeat Program (SDPHB). This program emphasizes training in CPR and easy access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Risk Management and Safety administers the training for CPR/First Aid and AED as well as the maintenance for the AED’s placed strategically around campus.


For an interactive map with pictures and locations of all AEDs on campus please click below. (Use with FireFox or Internet Explorer)

A button that links to the AED Virtual Map for CSUSM

Training in CPR and the use of an AED is preferred but not essential.  Anyone can use this life saving device by following the verbal directions.  Opening the case activates the unit and all you need to do is follow the specific instructions.  The unit also performs a CPR prompt/reminder if appropriate for the conditions.

We have chosen Cardiac Science AED units to be consistent with the SDPHB typical recommendations.  They are contained in a large white, wall-mounted case, topped with a red alarm light at the main entrance levels of our Campus buildings

Picture of Mounted AED            picture of AED

Ensure EMS has been called (UPD 760-750-4567 or 911 from a campus phone) then after removing the unit from its case and opening the lid, the following is a synopsis of the AED prompts;

  • Remove electrodes (pads) package.
  • Place one pad on bare chest (chest must be free from all obstructions and dry)
  • Place second pad as shown on diagram (each pad has a picture and are biphasic – so it doesn’t matter which pad goes on first or in which order, just that one is high left the other low right – in relation to the rescuer).
  • Listen to the AED – do not touch the victim – it interferes with the machine’s diagnostics
  • Follow the prompt
  • Listen to the AED
  • Follow the prompt 

Risk Management and Safety offers a limited number of CPR/AED & First Aid training for students, faculty and staff.  If you are interested in this training refer to our training web page or contact us at x4502


For more information contact Regina Frasca, the University AED Program Administrator.




Craven Hall

1st Floor:Main Entry, South Wall

3rd Floor: South Wall Next to Elevator/ Veterans Affairs

Academic Hall

2nd Floor:Central Entry Near the Stairs

Arts Building

1st Floor:Main Entry, West Wall

3rd Floor: West Column Near the Elevator

Cougar Court

1st Floor: DOME, South Exit by the Single Door

Central Plant

1st Floor:BSE Main Entry by the Restroom

Clarke Field House

Main Counter Area, North Wall in the First Cubicle

Foundation Building

Walkway Between 107 & 106, West Wall

Kellogg Library

2nd Floor: Near Central Stair Case

3rd Floor: Saftery Board Area Near the Counter

Markstein Hall

1st Floor: North Wall at the Elevator Bank

3rd Floor: North Wall at the Elevator Bank

Parking Structure

A1 Floor: Near South Elevators

A6 Floor: Near North Elevators

Science Hall 2

1st Floor: East Wall at Double Door Entry

2nd Floor: West Wall Near the Main Entry

Science Hall 1

2nd Floor:Main Entry, East Wall

University Hall

2nd Floor: East Main Entry

University Services Building

Outside Locksmith Rooms Loading Dock

McMahan House

On the Wall Next to the Main Entrance

University Village Apartments

Central Office Area, Southeasy Wall

Building C 3rd Floor: Lemond Cycle Room, South Wall


SBSB: 1st Floor - Next to Elevators

SBSB: 1st Floor - Next to Men's Restroom


SBSB: 2nd Floor - Next to Women's Restroom

SBSB: 3rd Floor - Next to Women's Restroom


SBSB: 4th Floor - Next to Women's Restroom

Public Safety Building

PSB: Near Front Entrance