Chapter 9: AED
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine shocks the heart and enables it to restart with a normal rhythm. The AED device will instruct you step-by-step, and will tell you to push a button if it determines that a shock is required.
A diagram will show you where to place the pads and when to restart compressions. If a second rescuer is present, he / she can help to attach AED pads while the first rescuer continues to perform CPR.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
|1.||Turn the AED “on” and follow the instructions given through voice commands. They should be self-explanatory.|
|2.||An AED device should only be used on adults and children who are 8-years and older.|
|3.||The survival rate for a cardiac emergency patient increases to almost 30-70 percent if an AED is used in a timely manner.|
|4.||Do not touch the person while the AED is analyzing. When the device is defibrillating you could be shocked, so be careful.|
|5.||Do not use an AED on a person who is in contact with water. Be sure to move him or her away from the puddle of water, swimming pool or rain before defibrillating.|
|6.||An AED can be used on patients with an implant-device.|
|7.||Before defibrillating, take off visible medication patches from the person using disposable gloves.|
|8.||Shock pads should be used on clear skin (shave those parts if necessary. Ensure that the chest is not wet.)|
|9.||Never turn the AED off or remove the pads. The machine will instruct you to begin CPR after shock is delivered.|
|10.||Child AED Usage: AED will instruct you to use child pads or a child key / switch.