What are the steps for using an AED?
The “Universal AED”: Common Steps to Operate All AEDs
- Step 1: POWER ON the AED. The first step in operating an AED is to turn the power on.
- Step 2: Attach electrode pads.
- Step 3: Analyze the rhythm.
- Step 4: Clear the victim and press the SHOCK button.
When should an AED be used?
The device is used to help people having sudden cardiac arrest. Sticky pads with sensors, called electrodes, are attached to the chest of someone who is having cardiac arrest. The electrodes send information about the person’s heart rhythm to a computer in the AED.
How do you use an AED video?
Using an AED by American Red Cross –
Can you use an AED on yourself?
If you need an AED
Finally, if you’re in a situation where you need one yourself (we have been asked this in class!) then no, you can’t apply it to yourself. You’ll be unconscious and without a heart-beat.
When should you not use an AED?
You should not use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the following situations:
- Do not use AED if victim is lying in water.
- Do not use AED if chest is covered with sweat or water.
- Do not put an AED pad over a medication patch.
- Do not place AED pad over a pacemaker (hard lump under chest skin).
How many times can you shock a patient with an AED?
If the operator has attached the AED to an adult victim who’s not breathing and pulseless (in cardiac arrest), the AED will make the correct “shock” decision more than 95 of 100 times and a correct “no shock indicated” decision more than 98 of 100 times.
Do you give CPR if the person has a pulse?
If the victim has a pulse but is breathing abnormally, maintain the patient’s airway and begin rescue breathing. Administer one breath every 5 to 6 seconds, not exceeding 10 to 12 breaths per minute. Check the patient’s pulse every 2 minutes. If at any point there is no pulse present, begin administering CPR.
Do you do CPR before AED?
If someone has collapsed, you should immediately determine whether he or she is breathing. If the victim is not breathing, begin rescue breathing and chest compressions as described in How To Perform CPR. Locate an AED. If there is an AED nearby, ask a bystander to take over CPR while you apply the AED to the victim.
Can you use an AED on a conscious person?
Hence, it is possible for an AED to recommend shocking an awake patient. Shocking a conscious patient stops the heart just like it does when the patient is unconscious, and there’s no guarantee it will start again.
Where can I buy an AED?
Obtain an MD prescription
An AED purchase requires a prescription. AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most AED vendors will provide the prescription with your purchase.
Do you use an AED for a heart attack?
A heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The only treatment for SCA is defibrillation from an automated external defibrillator (AED). One treatment of a heart attack can be angioplasty, which opens up the blocked vessels with a medical balloon.
Where is AED located?
AED’s should be centrally located within the highest risk and most concentrated population area and near trained rescuers. AED’s should be placed near high risk areas. AED’s should be placed well within 3 minutes of anywhere within the facility.