How to use an AED
Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs as they’re more commonly known, can save a life during sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Even after training though, trying to remember the steps under extreme stress can prove challenging for any non-professional user, which includes most of us.
Fortunately, AEDs come with “step-by-step” instructions that literally walk you through the steps. And AEDs are designed so virtually anyone can use them.
Still, it’s always good to have a refresher.
Located where people congregate such as airports, shopping malls, sports venues, churches, schools and workout facilities, AEDs are meant to be convenient to crowds of people. So when someone falls into SCA, it’s good to know there’s likely one handy. In addition, most AEDs have a built-in process to guide you through the steps. Still, knowing beforehand can put you more at ease when the situation occurs. So, here’s the role of the AED when someone falls into SCA:
- Call 911 and set your phone on speaker mode if possible.
- Start hands-only CPR.
- Turn on the AED, then follow the visual or audio prompts.
- Open the person’s chest clothing and affix the AED pads. (Pictures will show where to place the pads on a dry, bare chest. Shave if necessary.)
- Tell everyone to “stand clear,” including you, for a proper reading.
- If the AED tells you to shock the person, announce “stand clear!” and press the “shock” button.
- Restart CPR, and continue for 2 minutes (about 5 cycles) while you continue following the AED’s prompts. If you notice obvious signs of life, stop CPR and monitor breathing.
While it’s good to know that AEDs are designed to walk you through the process, knowing what’s involved beforehand can put you in a far better position to provide immediate medical attention in a life-saving situation while professional help is on the way.
At First Responder KS we’re in the business of helping everyday people save lives in extraordinary situations. From offering a variety of AED products to classes on AEDs and CPR training, we can provide the precautions to put you in the best position to help those who suddenly need help the most.
Give us a call today at 316-253-3803 or email us for assistance today, to save someone tomorrow.