Automated External Defibrillator
The AED should be placed next to the victim’s head, on
the same side of the victim as you. If you have completed
the ABC’s and found no signs of circulation, turn on the
AED. If you have begun CPR at the time the AED arrives, STOP
CPR IMMEDIATELY, do not complete your cycle. At this point
the AED takes precedence over CPR. The AED had both visual
and voice prompts. It will tell you exactly what to do.
Place pads on victim’s bare chest: The pads have an
illustration that shows correct placement. Only use adult
pads, do not use child pads on an adult. One pad should be
placed on the upper right section of the chest, just below
the collarbone. The other pad should be placed on the victim’s
side, just below the left armpit.
Plug pad connector into the AED
Stand clear: The AED will analyze the victim.
If shock is advised, the AED will charge and tell you to
“press the shock button”. Then it will pause and
allow you to perform CPR for two full minutes. This will
provide oxygenated blood to the major organs and sustain the
victim. After 2 minutes the AED will begin another cycle of
analyze, shock if necessary and pause again to allow
two full minutes of CPR.
Turn on AED
Attach pads to victim’s bare chest
AED will analyze victim
AED will charge and shock if necessary
AED will pause to allow two full minutes of CPR