How to use an AED

How to use an AED

AEDs are remarkably easy-to-use and the manufacturers often enhance their prompts to continuously improve usability. All Automated External Defibrillators are not the same, their features vary significantly from brand to brand and model to model. Generally it’s wise (and sometimes required) to implement CPR/AED training and certification at your organization in tandem with the availability of the life-saving public defibrillator. Staff training typically puts employees at ease with the technology and become more confident and thus likely to use the AED in a rescue situation.

Though generalized here, this is how to use an AED:

  1. How to use an AED Direct someone to call 911 and direct some to retrieve the AED
  2. Begin CPR until the AED arrives
  3. Begin CPRThe AED should be removed from the surface mount cabinet (unless already mobile)
  4. Open the carrying case but the AED sometimes does not need to be completely removed from the case
  5. Power ButtonPower on the AED which is done by pushing the power button or unlatching the AED lid
  6. Follow the AED’s voice prompts exactly as directed
  7. Look for visual prompts like a text screen, illuminating diagrams or a video screen (these are most helpful for noisy environments)
  8. How to use an AEDRemove clothing from the victims chest
  9. Place the electrode pads as directed or diagrammed, one goes on the upper right of the bare chest and the other in the lower left
  1. How to use an AEDOnce the pads are placed properly the AED determines if a shock is required
  2. If a shockable rhythm is detected the AED will advise a shockHow to use an AED
  3. If directed to deliver a shock push the shock button (some AEDs are fully-automatic which means it delivers a shock without having to push a shock button)
  4. How to use an AED When prompted to begin CPR place overlapping hands in the middle of the chest and push down approximately one third of the depth of the chest at the rate 100 compression per minute
  5. Subsequent shocks are sometimes required if the initial shock is not successful, the device will advise accordingly
Individuals handle pressure differently and thus training efforts should be maximized for the staff with CPR/AED training, instructional videos, and periodic refreshers. All these efforts improve the chance of a revival. If you have questions as to how to use an AED or your specific AED type contact AED One-Stop Shop for expert level consultative support.