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Dos and Don’ts of Defibrillator Use: When Not to Use One

Determining the Appropriate Time for Defibrillation

Sudden cardiac arrest or other conditions when the heart stops beating are the only times an automated external defibrillator (AED) or Reanimeren met LifePad should be used on a person (SCA). When someone is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, how do you recognise it? The sudden and severe effects of SCA include:

  • Abnormal breathing with no audible breaths or gasping sounds
  • Unresponsive
  • Unconscious
  • Without a heartbeat

If you encounter someone displaying these signs, immediately initiate CPR while calling 911 and assigning someone to find an AED kopan as soon as possible.

When a Defibrillator Should NOT Be Used ?

When deciding if and when to utilise an AED or Reanimeren met LifePad, consideration must be given to several situations. Intentional use statements vary among AED models; therefore, every AED user needs to familiarise themselves with the specifics of their device.

  • A person who is aware and breathing normally does not need an AED shock: An AED should be utilised when a person is unresponsive and not breathing normally. For a few crucial seconds or minutes after their heart has stopped beating, sufferers with Sudden Cardiac Arrest in this condition may exhibit agonised breathing. Normal breathing is NOT magnetic breathing. Be very careful not to confuse gasping for air with actual breathing. Agonal breathing sounds like gasping, snorting, or moaning. Muscle twitching is another symptom of agonal breathing. An automated external defibrillator (AED) must be used on an unresponsive patient with laboured breathing.


  • DNR Orders Have Been Filed for the Deceased: Don’t use an AED on someone with a “Do Not Resuscitate” or “DNR” bracelet or tattoo on their chest, wrist, or forearm. A do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order specifies that the patient’s wishes regarding CPR are unmet. I recommend going along with what they want.

When it may be necessary to use an automated external defibrillator for special cases

  • If the person is either drenched or resting on a wet surface: The risk of SCA is not reduced by water or weather conditions like rain or snow. Using an AED in damp weather poses risks to the patient and the caregiver. Careful attention is required while using an AED on a patient due to the risk of an electrical shock.


  • If the Sufferer Has a Hairy Upper Body: Defibrillator pads must make skin-to-skin contact with the patient for the device to be effective. Some chest hair removal may be required if the patient has a particularly hairy chest, as this will help the electrode pads stick more securely to the skin. Many defibrillator kits include a razor to shave the victim’s chest swiftly. Without a razor, pressing down on the pads will get them as close to their chest as possible.


  • A heart attack has taken place: A breakdown in the heart’s electrical system, known as cardiac arrest, causes the heart to stop beating suddenly. A healthy individual’s heart beats in response to regular electrical impulses. Due to a breakdown in the transmission of these electrical impulses, the heart stops pumping blood (and the oxygen it carries) throughout the body, causing Sudden Cardiac Arrest.