AED Public Access Program

AED at Temple Harrisburg

AED at Temple Harrisburg

The Public Access AED Program is designed to make Automated External Defibrillators readily available in public spaces, ensuring a rapid response to sudden cardiac emergencies. AEDs are life-saving devices that can analyze heart rhythms and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. This program aims to empower bystanders, including individuals without medical training, to take immediate action in critical situations. The University utilizes the ZOLL AED 3 across all campuses for our public access program.  

The Public Access AED Program is a crucial initiative that can significantly improve survival rates in cases of sudden cardiac arrest by empowering communities to take swift and effective action. 


Have an AED Question? Call us at (215) 707-2520 (2-2520) or email at .  


AED Placement

A network of AED devices strategically placed in easily accessible locations within university owned buildings with high traffic areas, such as lobbies or entrances. All AED’s have been mapped using GIS technology and can be viewed on the Temple ROUTE map under the Public Safety section. 

Visible Signage

Clear and prominent signage indicating the presence of an AED has been posted above the AED cabinets. Quick and easy to understand response instructions for the units have been placed within the cabinet. 


EHRS will host an in service and awareness program to allow users to get hands on experience with the units through a training aid. The units are user friendly to be used without any medical background as the units prompts users throughout the process. A product demo video can be found here

Contact EHRS to request a hands-on demonstration for your department by emailing .

Regular Maintenance

Annual: Audits performed on Public Access purchased AEDs will include checking: battery status, electrode pad expiration dates, and overall functionality.  

Existing AEDs purchased and installed before the public access program and/or individually purchased AEDs will be evaluated and audited by EHRS personnel annually. EHRS will identify any potential issue and provide recommendations when necessary.   

Monthly: Audits will be a visible check to ensure the unit is intact, the battery is operating properly, and the pads are not expired. All inspection reports will be on file within EHRS and are available upon request. 

Existing AEDs purchased and installed before the public access program must be evaluated monthly by the original owner of the AED. 

Reporting Used or Malfunctioning AEDs

Reporting a used or malfunctioning Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit on a university campus is crucial for ensuring the safety and preparedness of the community. Here is a step-by-step guide that staff members can follow to report such issues: 

Identify the Issue: First, determine whether the AED unit has been used (e.g., following an emergency incident) or if it is malfunctioning (e.g., making unusual noises, displaying error messages, or if the status indicator is not showing green). 

Immediate Notification: If the AED has been used, immediately notify TU Public Safety to inform them of the event and that the AED unit will need to be checked and possibly serviced. TU Public Safety will contact EHRS to evaluate the unit, extract any pertinent information from the unit and replace the pads to get the unit back in operational status. 

If the AED is malfunctioning, do not attempt to fix the unit yourself. Instead, alert Public Safety or EHRS office about the issue. EHRS will evaluate the unit and get it back into operational status as soon as possible.  

By following these steps, staff members can effectively report used or malfunctioning AED units, contributing to the safety and well-being of everyone on campus. Always prioritize immediate action and proper reporting to ensure that AED units are ready and functional when needed. 

Purchasing Additional AEDs

If you are looking to purchase additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), please follow these steps: 

  1. Submit a completed AED Request Form to .
  2. A member of the EHRS team will conduct an assessment of the area. 
  3. EHRS will provide additional instructions once the assessment has been conducted.   

Note: The requesting department is responsible for any costs associated with the purchase and on-going maintenance of the unit.