Use of a Defibrillator
An effective electronic device that corrects irregular heart rhythms
What is an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
An AED is a small, lightweight device that analyses a person's heart for irregular rhythms known as Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The AED corrects these irregular heart rhythms by delivering a shock of electricity. Operating an AED is made simple by following the voice and visual prompts. They are designed to be used by anyone at the scene of a medical emergency, even untrained personnel with no first aid or AED training. Training though does provide the confidence to act immediately in an emergency situation where time is of a vital importance.
A step-by-step guide
1. Switch on the AED and follow the voice and visual prompts
2. Remove the casualty's clothing from the upper chest
3. Remove the electrode pads from the packaging and place on the casualty's bare chest as directed by the AED.
4. Once both the electrodes are in place the AED will begin to analyse the casualty's heart rhythm. Ensure no one is touching the casualty whilst the AED is analysing for a heart rhythm.
5. Ensure everyone is clear of the casualty and operate the AED by pushing the flashing shock button to deliver a shock of electricity. Follow the prompts from the AED and continue delivering CPR.
If no shock is advised:
Follow the prompts from the AED and continue with CPR for two minutes.
The AED after two minutes will re-analyse the casualty's heart rhythm to determine if a shock is needed. Continue this cycle until medical help arrives.
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