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by Jonathan Vatner | February 14, 2011

Defibrillator, meeting, event, conventionIf you're concerned about safety at a meeting, ask prospective venues if an AED (automated external defibrillator) is on site and what percentage of the staff is trained in emergency management. If the answers are "yes" and "40 percent" (or more), you're probably in good hands, says Ruth L. Gregg, CMP, event planner for the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. Gregg notes that for some groups, it might be worth the $1,500 to $2,500 to purchase an AED (aed.com).