AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a portable medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and delivers an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restart a normal rhythm.

Ventricular fibrillation is a serious cardiac arrhythmia where the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) contract in an uncoordinated manner. This condition is life-threatening and requires immediate medical response.

How to use an AED

  1. Turn on the AED
  2. Remove all clothing from the victim’s chest area.
  3. Attach the electrode pads on the patient’s bare chest
  4. If a shock is advised, press the Shock button.
  5. Perform CPR until emergency medical services arrive.

AED Pads Placement

  1. Remove any clothing from the child’s chest.
  2. Peel one pad from the paper backing and place it on the center of the chest, just below the collarbone.
  3. Peel the second pad and place it on the child’s back, between the shoulder blades.
  4. Press firmly on both pads to ensure good contact with the skin.
  5. Connect the pads cable to the AED and follow voice prompts.

Shock Power

  • For Infants Infants and children: around 50-75 joules.
  • For Adults: 150-360 joules