how does an aed work, CPR in conjunction with an AED is essential

Using an AED (defibrillator)

AED must always be used in conjunction with  CPR

1 person AED use

  • call 000, using loud  speaker function so your hands a free for CPR
  • apply AED
  • follow all prompts to ensure CPR is started as soon as possible
  • ensure you are aware of your address. 
  • tell 000 of any barriers to access such as stairs, animals that are not restrained.
  • Keep going!

2 person AED use

  • First Aid 1-start CPR
  • First Aider 2- run the AED.
  • First Aider 2 does the AED, 000 and remains attentive to the environment
  • Swap roles each time the machine analyses to ensure sustainable delivery of CPR

Do not forget to turn your machine on!

  • It will tell you what to do from start to finish
  • Listen, and do what you are told!
  • Ensure you properly prep the chest-everything off! Hair, clothes, bras and patches. 
  • It will check your patient every 2 minutes. It may or may not offer a shock, depending on the rhythm of the patient
  • Be confident-confidence is contagious

When is an AED needed?

AEDs are used to revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest.

This usually occurs when a disruption in the heart's electrical activity causes a dangerously fast heartbeat (ventricular tachycardia) or a fast and irregular heartbeat (ventricular fibrillation).

  • CPR should stop only when the AED prompts the first aider to do so.
  • CPR immediately re commences after the AED analyses and a shock has been delivered.
  • Continue CPR until emergency services arrive.
  • Do not remove the AED pads even if the patient becomes responsive.
Remember CPR ratio of compressions to breaths is 30:2, no matter who!

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