How to use a defibrillator
- Step 1: Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
- Step 2: Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
- Step 3: Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient.
Do you need training to use a defibrillator?
You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed.
How quickly do you need to use a defibrillator?
In order for the patient to have the best chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest, CPR and early defibrillation must be provided within the first 3-4 minutes of the cardiac arrest, followed by advanced life support within the first 8 minutes of the arrest.
Can Defibrillators restart a stopped heart?
In simplest terms, defibrillators cannot start a stopped heart. In fact, they work by stopping a heartbeat—a weird, problem heartbeat, that is. A powerful electric shock can actually CTRL-ALT-DELETE a heart that’s pumping irregularly or too fast, in hopes of resetting the heart to its correct rhythm.
How long is defibrillator training?
Upon successful completion of the course, each learner will receive a defibrillator (AED) training certificate which is valid for 1 year.
When should you not use defibrillator?
You should not use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the following situations:
- Do not use AED if victim is lying in water.
- Do not use AED if chest is covered with sweat or water.
- Do not put an AED pad over a medication patch.
- Do not place AED pad over a pacemaker (hard lump under chest skin).