CPR using a Defibrillator

When available, an Automated external defibrillator (AED) should be used as soon as possible in the following sequence:

  • Ensure there is no danger to you, the bystanders or the casualty
  • If there is no response from the casualty
  • Send for help (Call 000) and have someone get the AED
  • Commence CPR

Once the AED has arrived:

  • Ensure it is switched on and attach the pads as directed (continue CPR if more than one first aider is present)
  • Follow the voice prompts

Ensure there is no physical contact with the casualty while the defibrillator is analysing the rhythm.

If the defibrillator indicates it is going to deliver a shock:

  • Continue to follow the prompts
  • Ensure nobody is touching the casualty
  • Press the shock button as directed

If the defibrillator indicates it is not going to deliver a shock:

  • Follow the prompts
  • Resume CPR at a rate of 30 compressions to 2 breaths

Continue to follow the voice prompts from the deifbrillator until:

  • The casualty recovers
  • Danger is or becomes present
  • Medical/Ambulance assistance takes over treatment
  • You are physically unable to continue

Defibrillation Sequence Chart