Advanced Life Support (ALS) Level 3 (VTQ)

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AED Pad Placement

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AED Usage: Step-by-Step Guide

1. Introduction to AED Models

Different AED Models and Common European Guidelines

  • Varied AED Models: Multiple defibrillator models available in the market.
  • Consistent Guidelines: European guidelines ensure uniformity in AED operation and prompts.

2. AED Setup and Pad Placement

Proper AED Setup and Pad Placement

  • Power On: Turn on the AED and follow voice prompts.
  • Call for Assistance: Initiate a call for medical help.
  • Pad Preparation: Pull out the pads and remove the patient's clothing to expose the chest.
  • Correct Pad Placement: Position the pads as indicated on the AED.
  • Monitoring and Analysis: Allow the AED to analyze the heart rhythm without touching the patient.
  • Shock Advisory: Follow AED prompts if a shock is advised.

3. CPR Assistance and Guidance

Guided CPR Process with AED Support

  • Initiating CPR: Begin chest compressions as instructed.
  • Metronome Guidance: Maintain the recommended compression speed (120 per minute).
  • AED Voice Prompts: Follow the AED's verbal instructions for effective CPR.
  • Shockable Rhythms: AED only delivers a shock for ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia.
  • Fallback Position: Injuries to chest areas may require front and back pad placement.

4. Importance of AED in CPR

Enhanced Survival Chances with AED and CPR

  • Survival Rates: CPR alone provides approximately 10% survival chance; AED and CPR together offer up to 85% survival.
  • Safe Usage: AEDs are designed to only deliver shocks for shockable rhythms, ensuring patient safety.