AED Steps for Use

Automated external defibrillators can help save lives during sudden cardiac arrest: 67 of 100 can be helped with AED. If AED is NOT USED only 3 of 100 are saved.

Using the AED

These AED steps should be used when caring for a non-breathing child aged 8 or older who weighs more than 55 pounds, or an adult. After checking the scene and ensuring that the person needs help, you should ask a bystander to call 911 for help & stay on the phone until help arrives:

1.Turn on the AED and follow the visual and audio prompts.

2Open the person’s shirt and wipe his or her bare chest dry.

3Attach the AED pads.

4Make sure no one is, including you, is touching the person. Tell everyone to “stand clear.”

5Push the “analyze” button (if necessary) and allow the AED to analyze the person’s heart rhythm.

6If the AED recommends that you deliver a shock to the person, make sure that no one, including you, is touching the person – and tell everyone to “stand clear.” Once clear, press the “shock” button.


7Begin CPR after delivering the shock IF RECOMMEDED. Perform 2 minutes CPR  (100 COMPRESSIONS / MINUTE)  and continue to follow the AED’s prompts. If you notice obvious signs of life, discontinue CPR and monitor breathing for any changes in condition.

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