Learn About AEDs

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an easy to use life-saving technology.

The number of people who survive sudden cardiac arrest is increasing gradually, thanks to the use of AEDs.

Having accessible AEDs spread throughout a city (like Ottawa!) can significantly increase the odds of a fellow citizen surviving a cardiac event.

Please take a little time to learn the proper use of an AED using the information and links below.

How to use an AED in 3 simple steps:

  1. Call 911

    Tell the emergency operator that the person has collapsed and that you have an AED and know how to use it.

  2. Turn the AED On

    Place the AED by the person's shoulder and turn it on.

  3. Follow the Instructions

    The AED will talk to you and tell you to attach the pads to the bare chest. It will tell you if and when you have to press the shock button. Do not touch the person when the AED is analyzing the heart rhythm and do not touch the person if and when you press the shock button.

Video: American Safety & Training Institude AED Usage

Watch the video below to learn how to use an AED:

More Information

For more information, please consult the following links to learn about AEDs:

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