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What do you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator (AED)?

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  • For an adult or older child, shout and shake the person to make sure they’re unconscious. Don’t use an AED if the person is alert.
  • Pinch, don’t shake, a young child or a baby to check if they’re conscious.
  • Check breathing and pulse. If you don’t hear any or they’re irregular, get the AED ready right away.
  • Get the person away from puddles or any water.
  • Place AED pads at least 1 inch away from pierce jewelry, pacemakers, or other implanted devices.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator.”

American Red Cross: “Hands-Only Citizen CPR.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ventricular Fibrillation and the Use of Automated External Defibrillators on Children.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 24, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator.”

American Red Cross: “Hands-Only Citizen CPR.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ventricular Fibrillation and the Use of Automated External Defibrillators on Children.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 24, 2018

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