How to Use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
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Do you know how to use an AED in an emergency situation? AAMC and Laura Stokes of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department have partnered to make this quick video to show you how.
For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, the chances for successful resuscitation decrease by seven to ten percent. The American Heart Association has recommended that the two most important factors in rescuing a sudden cardiac arrest victim are early defibrillation and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
Many places have AED with alarms that call security and 9-1-1, but many devices do not have that feature. Make sure security and 9-1-1 are called if a someone goes into cardiac arrest.
A typical AED will have a container and an attached bag. Open both. You'll find that it's a simple device with an "On/Off" button and a shock button.
Before turning on the device, remove the pads from their container. Remove or open the victim's shirt. The pads are self-adhesive. Peel tem off, and apply to the patient's bare chest as shown on the package. Once you have applied the pads, turn on the device. The AED will then prompt you the rest of the way. You'll hear a "beep" to let you know the device has been turned on. It will then take the pulse of the victim to determine if they need to be shocked. If this turns out to be the case, the AED will tell you. Clear everyone away from the victim. Once you have done that, press the "shock" button. The patient may twitch or jump a little. That's normal. Between shocks, continue CPR. It is important to continue CPR until help arrives.
If you follow the directions of the defibrillator, there is no chance that you will be shocked.
If you see a victim on the ground that you believe has suffered cardiac arrest, check for a pulse. If you cannot find one, begin CPR immediately. This is done by placing your hands in the middle of the victim's chest on the sternum. Make sure you do at least 100 compression per minute. You can use the beat from the popular BeeGees song "Stayin' Alive" to help you keep the beat.
If the victim is a child or weighs less than 55 pounds, use the pediatric adapter. It will be clearly labeled. This is in the same case, and will need to be plugged in to the AED in the labeled adapter plug.
If you see a box labeled "defibrillator" in a hospital, store, airport air plane or any other public space, this is the AED. The box may say "trained responers only." If you're watching this video, you're a trained responder.
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