Do you know how to use an AED?
You may know that an AED or defibrillator saves lives, but do you know how to use an AED?
AEDs are life-saving devices that are very simple to use. Any member of the general public can use one and modern, intelligent models guide and prompt you through administering CPR and electric shock treatment.
Read our step by step guide on how to use an AED below:
Call 911 and make sure help is on the way
Locate your nearest AED
Turn on the AED and follow commands
The AED will visually guide you through fixing the electric shock pads to the patient and administer an electric shock. The AED will only give an electric shock if needed
The AED analyses the patient continually, trying to locate a regular heartbeat and advising if further CPR is required
Do not turn the AED off at any time during CPR. Wait for the paramedics to arrive and they will continue CPR and shock treatment
The paramedics stabilise the patient taking them to ER for further treatment
Ensure all used parts such as electrode pads or batteries are replaced or recharged ready for use another time
First Aid Training
Individuals who have had first aid training will be the ideal people to administer CPR and defibrillation. They will have most likely been trained on how to use a defibrillator. Ensure you appoint someone in your workplace to take on this role and keep the training up to date. Ensure all your staff are aware of where the nearest defibrillator is located and whether they need a code to open the box (if situated to the exterior of a building). This will save vital minutes if a sudden cardiac arrest occurs. If you would like assistance on how to use a defibrillator we will be happy to help.