Basic Fist Aid for Adults

Using an AED on Adults

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating

Step 1:

The first step is to turn on the AED. Follow the voice and visual prompts.

Step 2:

Wipe bare chest dry. Remove any medications patches with a gloved hand.

Step 3:

Attach pads to body.

Step 4:

Plug in connector if necessary.

Step 5:

Stand clear and make sure no one, including you is touching the person. Make sure to say "STAY CLEAR."

Step 6:

Analyze the heart rhythm. Push the "analyze" button if necessary, and let the AED analyze the heart rhythm.

Step 7:

Deliver shock. If shock is advised: make sure no one, including you is touching the person, say "everyone stand clear," and push the shock button if necessary.

Step 8:

Perform CPR for about 2 minutes (or 5 cycles) and continue to follow the prompts of the AED.