During a cardiac arrest, follow the steps below. Remember that an AED is easy to use & will tell you what to do. It can’t do any harm and it could save a life. When the AED arrives, use it immediately.
- Call 911 or Campus Security
- Locate the nearest AED.
- Power on the AED.
- Follow the voice prompts.
- Continue until medical help arrives or the person begins to respond. If they start to wake up, keep them calm and at rest.
The AED will use voice prompts to instruct the following:
- Place two pads on the person’s bare chest. (Pictures will show you where).
- Do not touch the person.
- The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and decide whether or not a shock is required.
- If a shock is needed, do not touch the patient.
- The AED will either count down and deliver the shock itself, or it may tell you to push a button.
- When the voice prompt tells you, resume CPR.
- The AED may cycle through these steps again. Listen to the prompts.