10 April 2016

How To Use An AED / Defibrillator

How To Use An AED / Defibrillator

Most public access AEDs are easy to use with voice guided instructions, meaning you can respond and provide immediate life saving treatment, before the ambulance service arrives.

Following several requests from our customers, we have put together this useful step by step guide and training video on how to use an AED.


The AED will guide you through the entire process until help has arrived.
Follow the visual & voice prompts of the AED
1. Call 999.
If you see someone collapse, immediately call 999 and get the paramedics en route. If there are other people around, choose someone specific and instruct them to call 999 and explain the situation. This decreases confusion about who should do what and ensures that the call is being placed.
2. Check the victim's breathing and airway.
If someone has collapsed, you should immediately determine whether they are breathing. If the victim is breathing, you know that they have a pulse. If the victim is not breathing, check the airway is clear then begin CPR by giving 30 chest compressions at a depth of one third (1/3) of the chest thickness and then give 2 breaths.
3. Locate an AED.
If there is an AED nearby, ask a bystander bring the AED to you while you continue CPR. Apply the AED electrode pads to the bare chest of the victim and follow the prompts as instructed. Uninterrupted CPR is an important factor in increasing the recovery rate of cardiac arrest patients.
4. Turn on the AED.
Follow the visual & voice prompts of the AED
5. Attach the electrode pads to patients bare chest. (Expose the patients bare chest, male or female)
First ensure that the adhesive AED pads are attached to a cable, which is plugged into the AED machine. Then bare the victim's chest including females and attach the adhesive AED pads in the appropriate locations. The AED should include a diagram (typically on the adhesive pads themselves) indicating where each pad placed on the patients chest. It is important not to touch the victim while the AED is "analysing" as it may detect your heart rhythm.
6. Always follow the instructions of the AED.
Note: CPR should not be interrupted while the adhesive electrode pads are being applied.

If you have any questions regarding AEDs, then please do not hesitate to get in touch and ask.

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