Knowing how to use an AED (Automated Electrical Defibrillator) could save a life.
Caution: Before understanding how to use an AED or using it there are some precautionary measures that you must be aware of.
Learn first how to use an AED in order to save lives.
An Automated Electrical Defibrillator (AED) is a machine used to correct the heart rhythm by giving an electric shock. One of its advantage is that they can be safely and effectively used without prior training.
The machine analyses the casualty’s heart rhythm and visual or voice prompts describe the action to take at each stage.
PS; Most AEDs always have instructions clearly labelled on the pads.
The Standard AEDs can be used on children over the age of eight years. Children under eight years and not less than one year, use a pediatric AED or a standard machine with pediatric pads. If neither is available then the normal standard AED can be used.
For older children place the pads the same way as for the adults – one on the child’s upper right side under the collarbone and the second pad on the child’s left side under the armpit
Caution; Never us an AED on an infant under one year.
Performing AED procedures on Pregnant casualties must be carried out with respect and dignity. However, there are no contra indications to using an AED during pregnancy. The increased breast size may present some problems. Therefore, you may need to move one or both breasts to place the AED pads correctly.
Casualties with heart conditions may have a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). This should not stop you or be an excuse for using an AED. Incase you see or feel a device under the chest skin, do not place the pad directly over it. If the casualty is wearing any medication patches, remove the patches before wiping the person’s chest.
Any clothing that could interfere with pads should be removed or cut away. Ensure any metal is removed from the area where the pads will be attached, such as an underwired bra. If hair prevents good contact between the skin and the pads it should be shaved off.
If a casualty is rescued from the water dry the chest before applying the AED pads.
The use of an AED is occasionally complicated by the above factors. Safety of all concerned should always be your first consideration. If the casualty is unresponsive following an electric shock, start CPR immediately the contact with the electricity is broken.
When handing over to the emergency services make sure to give them the following information;
This web site is to be used as a free guide and an informational resource, but it cannot replace real CPR or first aid training. Please try to attend a CPR training course in your community and help save a life.