When should an AED be used?
CPR is a very important action for saving a patient’s life. However, an AED is crucial towards regaining the natural rhythm of the heartbeat as well as restarting the patient’s heart. CPR should be performed if the patient is non-responsive and not breathing and an AED should be applied after performing CPR. If the AED does not bring the patient back to consciousness CPR should be re-administered. It’s crucial to call 911 or any Emergency Medical Service (EMS) before performing CPR or applying an AED.
How to use an AED
Turn on the AED – Usually there will be an On button but in some cases there might be a lever. Make sure to remove all clothing from the arms, chest and abdomen whether male or female. Attach pads to bare skin on the chest. Make sure to use the appropriate system for the child or adult (an AED should not be used on an infant). Place the left pad under the left armpit to the left of the nipple. Place the right pad under the collarbone on the right side of the chest. Make sure to place the pads at least one inch away from any implanted devices.
Next, connect the wiring
Analyze the patient’s heart rhythm. Make sure you DO NOT touch the patient during the defibrillator process. If the AED does not begin analyzing automatically make sure to press the analyze button. If a shock is advised then push the shock button. Make sure your patient is cleared of any debris such as: metal, large amounts of water, etc…
Newer AED’s only shock once; however, some models do shock up to 3 times. If the patient is shocked but doesn’t regain a pulse immediately perform CPR for 2 minutes.