Frequently asked questions when using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
In accordance to the ANZCOR Guideline 7, Australian Resuscitation Council
– Automated External Defibrillation in Basic Life Support
An Automatic External Defibrillator is a life-saving device used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Must only be used on a person who is unresponsive and not breathing normally. The Rescuer commences CPR until an AED is applied, so that a shock can be delivered if necessary. Using an AED can increase the survival rate of Cardiac Arrest.
AEDs can accurately identify the cardiac rhythm as “shockable” or “unshockable”.
Turn the machine on and follow the verbal prompts as communicated from the AED in use.
No. In accordance to the resuscitation guidelines, “using the AED should not be restricted to trained personnel”.
Rescuers should be careful not to touch the patient during shock delivery.
Yes. An AED can and should be used on a pregnant woman who is in cardiac arrest.
Yes. Ensure you place the pads off to the side of the pacemaker, ensuring that the heart remains in between the pads.
No, just make sure that there is no jewellery / metal connecting between the pads.
Yes, however, you need to remove the patient from the water and towel off the patient to ensure the pads will stick.
Yes, some AEDs have paediatric pads which are smaller and can be placed as per instructions. If there are no paediatric pads available you can use the adult pads on larger children. For smaller children and babies you can place theses pads front and back, keeping the heart in a direct line between the pads.
If the patient is very hairy, you should quickly cut the hair with scissors or a razor on the area where the pads need to be applied.
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