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Automated External Defibrillator
Sequence using AED

When to use AED?

AED should be used on any adult or children (1-8 yrs), when there is, no response, no breathing and no pulse.

Following is the sequence for AED use:

  • If no response
  • Activate EMS for all witnessed adult and children cardiac arrest-except for drowning adult and unwitnessed children who would need 2mins/5 cycles of CPR before activation of EMS. Also get AED
  • Begin CPR

Special situations:

1. Water: wipe off the chest (snow or a small puddle is okay)

2. Transdermal medication patches - remove patch

3. Chest hair- shave with razor and use new pads

4. Implanted devices- be at least 1 inch away from the pads

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