Lifesaving Skills

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)


CPR can help save a life during a cardiac or breathing emergency. CWRU EMS has AHA certified CPR instructors who can train you in CPR. To participate in an upcoming CPR training opportunity with CWRU EMS, email

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

When someone’s heart stops working, it is known as sudden cardiac arrest. It causes blood to stop flowing to the brain and other organs. Sudden cardiac arrest can cause a person to die within minutes. In some cases, an automated external defibrillator (AED) may save a person’s life.

AED Campus Locations

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What is AED?

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a small, portable, battery-powered machine with a computer in it. This machine is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

Why Learn to Use an AED

Sudden cardiac arrest is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Currently, the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm during cardiac arrest is to use an AED. To participate in an upcoming AED training opportunity with CWRU EMS, email

Bleeding Control Kit

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To prevent such unnecessary deaths, the Case Western Reserve University Division of Public Safety and CWRU EMS are working together to help the community “Stop the Bleed.” A campaign launched by the federal government, Stop the Bleed empowers bystanders to provide aid in the event of an emergency, similar to initiatives to train individuals to perform CPR and first aid. The campaign instructs individuals on how to apply a tourniquet and pack wounds to control bleeding. Through these methods, bystanders can give a victim crucial time for EMS can arrive.

These public access kits, which have enough supplies to save one or two lives each, have been co-located with AED kits across campus and placed in CWRU police and mobile security vehicles.

To participate in an upcoming Stop the Bleed training opportunity with CWRU EMS, email