Weekly First-aid Topic: How to Use AED
From:Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning


When we discover that someone falls down to the ground and has no spontaneous breathing, we should immediately cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the patient and AED should be firstly used for emergency treatment. The AED will automatically test whether or not to defibrillate the patient. Today’s topic is that how to operate the AED.

Turn on the AED switch, follow the voice prompts, take out the electrode pad, attach the electrode to the patient's chest skin as shown in the picture, insert the electrode plug into the socket, and wait for the AED to analyze the patient's heart rate. Do not touch the patient. If defibrillation is necessary, the AED will give a prompt suggesting defibrillation. Press the appropriate discharge button. Do not touch the patient during defibrillation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation begins after defibrillation is completed. Two minutes later, the AED will reanalyze the patient.

If defibrillation is not necessary, no prompt indicating shock. However, if the patient is still not breathing, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation is still needed.

Special Note: Do not touch the patient during AED analysis and defibrillation.