If you look around the public places you visit, you are likely to find an AED. An AED is both sophisticated and easy to use, providing lifesaving power in a user-friendly device. This makes the devise useful for people who have never operated one and for anyone in stressful scenarios. However, proper use of an AED is very important.
Attach the pads to the upper right side and lower left side of the patient’s chest (Figure 7). Once pads are attached correctly, the device will read the patient’s heart rhythm. If the pads are not attached appropriately, the device will indicate this with prompts. Once the rhythm is analyzed, the device will direct you to "shock" the patient if a shock is indicated. Remember, a "shock" depolarizes all heart muscle cells at once, attempting to organize its electrical activity. In other words, the shock is intended to reset the heart’s abnormal electrical activity into a normal rhythm.