Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming widely available in public buildings on P.E.I. The device is easy to use during emergencies.
The device has been used countless times and has successfully saved many lives. According to Chris Landry of Island First Aid Services, waiting for the emergency responders to arrive on the scene will not lead to a good outcome.
Bystanders who quickly deliver the life-saving techniques can help save people’s lives. AEDs can deliver a shock that can restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. The province recently announced plans to install them in all public schools. Landry wants to assure people that the devices are automatic.
Using an AED
When an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used, it analyzes the person if a shock is needed. If the device is hooked to a person not in cardiac arrest, it will not deliver a shock.
If you are going to use the device, the initial step is to check for signs of life. In case you are uncertain, you can hook up the device since it will not deliver a shock unless it is needed.
During emergencies, hook the pads up to the bare chest of the person. The pad package includes a picture on where to position them. Even if you get it wrong, the device can still be effective.
When the person is hooked, turn the device on. It will start to speak and guide you through the process. Some models will guide you through CPR including a puck to press on. If a device includes a puck, the device will tell you whether the compressions are strong enough.
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