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How To Use AED: The Ultimate Guide

An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is used to help people who have a sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a high-tech but easy-to-use medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if needed, give the heart an electrical shock to help it get back to a normal rhythm. In the next section, we will go through how to use AED.

How to use AED on an simulation human body.
How to use AED on an simulation human body.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the main reasons why people die. At the moment, the only way to get a heartbeat back on track after a cardiac arrest is to use an AED.

When a person has sudden cardiac arrest, automated external defibrillators (AED) can assist save lives. Even after training, it might be challenging to recall how to operate an AED properly. We’ve put together a how-to manual that you can print off and keep at your desk, in your car, in your bag, or on your refrigerator to help keep your skills sharp. In this manner, you can study the AED procedures whenever it’s convenient for you, keeping your knowledge of them current.

When treating a non-breathing adult or child who weighs more over 55 pounds or is older than 8 years old, these AED procedures should be followed.

You should ask a passerby to dial 911 (CALL) after assessing the situation and determining that the person needs assistance (CHECK).

You should start CPR first, do 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths. After five cycles, let the AED analyze the rhythm and shock if AED suggested. Keep doing CPR until help comes or until the AED says that the heartbeat has returned.


How to use AED step by step:

  1. Complete the CHECK and CALL steps
  2. When an AED is available, turn it on and listen to what it says.
  3. Take off your clothes and put the pads on correctly.
  4. If you need to, plug the pad connector cable into the AED.
  5. Prepare to let the AED check the rhythm of the heart. (Make sure no one is touching the person by saying “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voice.)
  6. If the AED says it needs to, give the person a shock. (Make sure no one is touching the person by shouting “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voice.)
  7. After the AED shocks the person, or if no shock is recommended, start CPR right away. Start with compressions.
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