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AED How To

An AED is a life saving device that anyone can use to reverse a deadly heart rhythm. Quick application and use of an AED can save someone before first responders can arrive. The AED was designed in a way where anyone, regardless of training, can use an AED and not harm a person. The AED has robust programming that can identify and differentiate different heart rhythms ensuring only the correct heart rhythms are defibrillated.

Turn on AED

When an AED is retrieved, turn on the device by pressing the power button. The AED will start to speak, follow the prompts as given to you.

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Apply Pads

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Apply the AED pads as directed. Some AEDs may have a different pad design than others.

You may be able to apply pads onto someones chest without removing clothes as long as it doesn't greatly delay pad application and chest compressions.

Follow Prompts

When the pads are applied, the AED will prompt you to stay clear. Make sure no one is touching the victim.

The AED may say "shock advised", ensure everyone is still clear and press the shock button. Once the shock is delivered, continue chest compressions.

The AED may say "no shock advised, continue CPR". This means the victim is not in a shockable rhythm. Continue chest compressions until the AED prompts you again.

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