Save a Life! New Procedures for Defibrillators


What would you do if someone near you has sudden cardiac arrest? Rapid treatment with a defibrillator can be lifesaving. A defibrillator is a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm.  Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can be used by bystanders to save the lives of people who are having sudden cardiac arrest.

The University of Washington has partnered with Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) to meet regulatory requirements for automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).  EH&S no longer requires prior approval to purchase AEDs; however, according to Washington state law, all new and existing AEDs within King County must be registered with PHSKC.

New procedures for procuring, managing, and maintaining AEDs are outlined on the EH&S website's AED page.

AED coordinators are reminded to:

1. Follow new procedures for purchasing AEDs.

 2. Register new AEDs.

 3. Register existing AEDs, unless you have already registered (contact EH&S to confirm).

 4. Maintain your AED in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Replace batteries and pads at recommended intervals.

 5. Provide first aid and CPR training to employees who are expected to use the AED.

The University policy APS 10.12 is also being updated to align with these new procedures.  If you have questions, please contact the EH&S Building and Fire Safety team at (206) 685-0341 or