Automated External Defibrillators (AED)


To establish policy and responsibilities for the placement, use, and maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AED).


This policy applies to all University units of operation.


This policy is implemented under the authority of the Office of the Executive Director of Facilities & Services based on the requirements set by Illinois State Law.


Departments that deploy automated external defibrillators (AED) shall comply with 210 ILCS 74, Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act. AED units shall be properly maintained and registered, and the Department shall ensure that personnel are trained in their use.


Illinois, 210 ILCS 74, Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act, requires indoor physical fitness facilities that serve a population of 100 people or more to have at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) on the facility premises, to have at least one trained AED user on staff, and to develop and implement a plan for responding to medical emergencies. A copy of the plan shall be filed with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Additional requirements for the owners of AED units are stated in Illinois, 410 ILCS 4, Automated External Defibrillator Act. University units that house AEDs must comply with the requirements outlined in the Illinois AED Act.

Departments that have an automated external defibrillator (AED), either as required by the Illinois Acts or on a voluntary basis shall:

  • Have a minimum of one employee trained to use the AED in a course approved by IDPH. Training must be repeated at least every two years.
  • Register the AED with an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System Resource Hospital.
  • Maintain and test the AED in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Report each use of the AED to the EMS System Resource Hospital.
  • Have a procedure in place that will notify the EMS System as soon as possible when the AED is used to treat a person in cardiac arrest.
  • Notify an agent of the local emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center and the Division of Public Safety of the existence, location, and type of the AED.
  • Establish a Department “Plan for AED Use in Medical Emergencies” that provides guidelines for medical supervision, obtaining, storing, training and reporting the use of the AED within the department. A copy of the Departmental Plan must be filed with IDPH.

The EMS System Resource Hospital shall:

  • Notify local ambulance providers of the AEDs in the ambulance provider’s service area.
  • Submit a quarterly report to IDPH that includes: the number of times the AED has been used, the outcome of each incident and any adverse effects.

Employees considered to be trained AED users shall:

  • Successfully complete a course of instruction in accordance with the standards of a nationally recognized organization such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or successfully complete a course approved by IDPH, or be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois.
  • Renew the required training at least once every two years.

In locations where an AED is installed as a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), certain conditions shall be met:

  • The unit must be stored in a non-lockable, local alarmed cabinet designed for the storage of AEDs.
  • The location must be clearly designated as an AED for use by “trained rescuers.”
  • Cabinet and storage conditions must meet the requirements of the manufacturer of the unit.
  • If possible, the cabinet should automatically notify the EMS System when the AED is used.

More information regarding the laws and regulations related to AED placement and use can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health site, and in the University’s Manual on Automated External Defibrillator Use (PDF).


Questions concerning this policy statement should be directed to the Division of Safety and Compliance, (217) 265-9828, or the Division of Public Safety, (217) 333-1216.