Before using an AED, you should check a person to see if he or she has suffered cardiac arrest. If you find a person unconscious, or see him or her collapse, then you will need to check to see if he or she is responsive. Shake the person and shout to make sure that he or she is not sleeping. Pinch an infant or young child to try to wake him or her up.
You should call 911 or have someone else call it. If there is another person present, then one of you can call 911 while the other one administers CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest can result in death if it is not treated within a few minutes.
If a person is not breathing and does not have a pulse, then you will need to use an AED. You do CPR for two minutes if there is no AED available. Check the person again after two minutes. Continue CPR until help arrives if there is not an AED available.
If you have an AED, then you can use it to check the person’s heart rhythm after two minutes of CPR. Administer a shock if it says shock. If the AED does not advise a shock, then you should keep doing CPR.
How To Use An Automated External Defibrillator
An AED is a device that can save the life of a person who experiences sudden cardiac arrest. Before you use an AED, you should check to make sure that no water is nearby. You will need to turn on the AED and then follow the instructions it recommends. You will hear and see prompts.
You will then need to expose the person’s chest. Dry the person’s chest if it is wet. Apply the electrodes as recommended. One of the electrodes needs to be placed on the right side of the person’s chest above the nipple. The other electrode needs to be placed on the left side slightly below the nipple.
The electrodes will need to have a good connection with the skin. You may need to shave the person if he or she has a lot of chest hair. Underwire bras and necklaces will need to be removed also. Additionally, check the person for piercings, implantable cardioverter defibrillators or pacemakers.
The AED electrodes need to be away from pacemakers or implantable devices. Nobody should be touching the AED. Make sure that you and everyone else stands clear of the machine before you place the shock button. Stay with the person until medical help arrives on the scene.