How to Operate an Automated External Defibrillator?

Automated external defibrillators can be handled by ordinary people besides professional doctors and nursing assistants. To operate appropriately, you have to follow these steps:

1.    Check Responsiveness

You can use AED on a conscious person, so confirm his or her consciousness before using it.

2.    Prepare to Use AED

Make sure the person is in a dry area and away from puddles or water.

Check for body piercings or outline of an implanted medical device, such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.

AED pads must be placed at least 1 inch away from piercings or implanted devices.

3.    Use AED

Pediatric AED is for newborns, infants, and children up to age 8. If you can find one at the moment, then use an adult AED.

For an adult, see The Importance of CPR for information about giving CPR.

For a child, see CPR for Children.

4.    Continue CPR After Using AED

After 2 minutes of CPR, check the person’s heart rhythm. If it’s still absent or irregular, give another shock.

If a shock isn’t needed, continue CPR until emergency help arrives or the person begins to move.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.