The chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) decreases 7-10% every minute that passes without an AED shock. This is why early AED use continues to be a critical step in the Chain of Survival.
AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, even without formal training. The AED will provide visual and auditory cues to guide you through each step of the process.
But AED pad placement may change depending on the age and size of the victim.
For adults (includes children age 8 or older or more than 55 pounds):
- Peel the pads off the backing.
- Place one pad on the right side of the chest, just below the collarbone.
- Place the other pad on the lower left side of the chest.
- Connect the pads to the AED. Some pads come pre-connected to the AED.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more information about AED pad placement, including AED considerations for children and infants.