What if I forget the steps for using an AED?

What if I forget the steps for using an AED?

cpr being administered

The thought of using an AED can be a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you have years of experience or none at all, everyone can use an AED!  AED’s are designed to be used by anyone who is faced with saving someone from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Most AEDs have voice prompts that will coach you through an entire SCA event. Some new AEDs are even equipped with technology that allows a lay responders to be coached through CPR. This coaching mechanism is called CPR feedback.  It allows the rescuer, who may never have taken a CPR course, to give proper and effective CPR. AEDs that provide CPR feedback are:

  1. ZOLL Plus
  2. Cardiac Science G5
  3. HeartSine Samaritan PAD 450P

If you are ever faced with an emergency and forget the steps to using an AED, all you need to do is turn on the AED and let it talk you through the rest! The most crucial part of saving a SCA victim, is recognizing the need for defibrillation. These steps are very simple yet critical to knowing when to grab an AED and call 911.  Three steps to knowing if someone is in need of defibrillation is:

  1. If they are unconscious
  2. If they are unresponsive
  3. If there is no sign of circulation


If you still have questions about using an AED, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at customerservice@aedbrands.com


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