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ILCOR presents a universal AED sign



To the ILCOR councils, National Resuscitation Councils, 
AED manufacturers, public and governmental organisations

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the International Liaison Committee on Resucitation
(ILCOR) has unanimous approved the proposal of the ILCOR Task Force for a universal
sign indicating the presence of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The sign is
designed in accordance with ISO 7010 for safety signs and shape. Colors and existing
symbols are in accordance with ISO 3864-3. Its comprehensibility has been tested in
accordance with ISO 9186-1, rev. 2007 and proved superior to alternative designs. 

The AED sign is intended to indicate the presence of an AED, the localisation of an AED
in a room, a container with an AED for public use or to indicate the direction to move in
order to reach the AED, etc. It should assist in rapidly identifying the AED in a public
place for immediate use in a victim of cardiac arrest. For this purpose the AED sign can
be combined with other existing symbols like a standard arrow. The AED sign can also
be accompanied by the letters “AED” or equivalents in other language groups. The full
text “defibrillator” or equivalent is not encouraged. Several examples of combinations are

It is ILCOR’s intention that this sign is adopted worldwide by the national councils that
together form each ILCOR member council. The sign should also be adopted by all AED
manufacturers for use with their products and by manufacturers of signage. Public
organisations and governments should encourage the use of this universal AED sign.

We hope that this universal AED sign will assist in the awareness of the existence of
AEDs and the rapid deployment of AEDs in the emergency of a cardiac arrest. 

On behalf of the ILCOR Task Force AED signage,

R.W. Koster, chairman


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