How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator
Posted in CPR News
Friday February 1, 2013
HOW TO USE AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR
Turn on the AED, put on the pads, and plug it in last, and yell "STAND CLEAR." If you touch the box or the victim while it is analyzing or charging, you will get shocked, and they will have to resuscitate you.
If it says SHOCK NEEDED, then let the machine charge up, and when the AED states to press the shock button, it is safe to touch the button to shock the victim with the AED. After the body jerks from the shock, continue with compressions and breaths. If it states NO SHOCK NEEDED, it is safe to touch the box and the victim, and you are still doing compressions and breaths.
Never turn the AED off, and never remove the pads. When EMS comes, they will take the victim with the pads and plug it into their own machine.
Victim must be completely still for it to analyze correctly. If the victim moves when analyzing, it will not analyze correctly. The AED manufacturers still have not perfected Automated External Defibrillators.
DO NOT USE IT ON INFANTS OR CHILDREN, FOR AT LEAST 5 ROUNDS OF 30:2, WHICH IS 2 MINUTES LONG OR 150 COMPRESSIONS.