…..the prompts. The AED will talk to you and give instructions on what to do.
You will be asked to place a set of adhesive pads onto the person’s bare chest and if required to, plug the pads in. On each pad it will show where to place them. The AED will then say “DO NOT TOUCH THE PATIENT, ANALYSING’. It is at this time that you stop CPR and ask everyone to stand clear and do not touch the patient.
If needed the AED will charge itself and tell you to push the flashing shock button. Once a shock cycle has been administered or if the AED doesn’t recognise the need to shock, you are asked to check breathing and if no breathing present to commence CPR. Continue to listen to the AED and repeat any actions it asks you to do.
Click on this link to watch a CPR demonstration video: CPR video
It is very important that we do CPR as soon as we establish that the person is not breathing. By doing so you are keeping the oxygenated blood in their body circulating around their vital organs until you can get access to a defibrillator. Once the AED arrives this needs to be attached immediately.
Tomorrow we will look at the placement of the AED pads….
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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