CPR St. Louis Teaches How to Effectively Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Adults and Children over 8
An AED is a device that assesses heart rhythms. It determines if the victim needs a shock, and if so will direct the rescuer to administer the shock. Abnormal heart rhythms, such as ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, can be shocked back into a normal rhythm. This allows for ROSC, Return of Spontaneous Circulation.
How to Use an AED after retrieving an AED yourself or receiving one from rescuer #2:
1. Turn the Power ON
2. Attach Pads to Bare Chest.
• Place one pad on upper-right chest – just below collarbone
• Place other pad to side of left nipple just below armpit
• Make sure pads are plugged into AED machine
3. Allow AED to analyze victim
-make sure there is no movement during analysis
4. If AED advises shock, then
• Make sure no one is touching victim and say loudly “I’m Clear, You’re Clear, We’re All Clear”. Then when directed by AED machine, press SHOCK BUTTON.
• If AED doesn’t advise shock, then continue CPR
5. After 2 minutes of CPR the AED will reanalyze.
**After AED is attached, it will direct you exactly what to do. JUST FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
**Always limit time between last compression and shock delivery less than 10 seconds for maximum effectiveness.
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