An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to shock the heart in the event of a life threating situation where an individual is having a cardiac arrest. The shock provided by the electronic defibrillator helps the heart to regain its normal pattern of heat beat. AED’s are battery operated devices and are stored in locations where there are large crowds of people.
Confirm that the patient is in fact experiencing a cardiac arrest. Check to see if the individual unresponsive and if their airways are still blocked when you tilt the head back and lift the chin up as shown below.
Switch on the AED and apply the pads to the individuals bare chest as shown in the image under Step 5.
Wait until the AED has analysed the patient’s heart beat before deciding to apply a shock.
If you are working within a crowded area, ask by any standers to clear a pathway and step back from around the victim so that you can perform first aid on the patient adequately.
If the AED indicates that a shock is required to the heart, press the shock button.
If the patient does not regain consciousness, perform CPR.
Compress on the chest 30 times with 2 rescue breaths. Continue this cycle until the patient starts breathing.