Prior to initiating defibrillation procedures, prepare the chest area to allow proper placement and function of pads. The chest area should be dry and clear of obstructions.
- Remove any clothing that may interfere with the placement of defibrillator pads.
- Chest hair should be removed if it interferes with the placement of defibrillator pads. A disposable razor should be kept with the AED unit. Do not remove the hair with any creams, lotions, or water.
- Medication patches (such as nitroglycerin) should be removed to prevent impairing transmission of defibrillation current.
- Metal jewelry and accessories that may interfere with proper placement or function of defibrillation should be removed.
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