on Tuesday, 03 March 2015.

60,000 people a year suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the UK, the heart rhythm becomes irregular and must be shocked as soon as possible to increase chances of survival.

Step by Step

Step 1 - Switch on the AED and follow the voice and visual prompts.

Step 2 - Remove the casualty's clothing from their upper chest.

Step 3 - Take out the electrode pads from the packaging and place on the patient's bare chest as directed by the AED.

Step 4 - Once both electrode pads are in place the AED will begin to analyse the casualty's heart rhythm. Ensure no-one is touching the casualty during analysis. 

Step 5 - Shock advised: make sure everyone is clear of the casualty and push the flashing shock button to deliver the life-saving shock of electricity. Follow the prompts from the AED and continue delivery CPR. No shock advised: follow the prompts from the AED and continue delivering CPR.

Step 6 - Continue with CPR for two minutes.

Step 7 - After two minutes the AED will re-analyse the casualty's heart rhythm to see if a shock needs to be delivered or not. This sequence of two minutes of CPR then analysis will continue until professional help arrives. 

Our handy infogram will guide you through the steps to use a defibrillator on someone who has suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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