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ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements  Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits
ANSI Z308.1-2015 Standard Minimum Requirements Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies - Buy new ANSI Kits

Steps for Using an AED if an Unconscious Casualty is Found In Water

Image of first responsder rescuing an unconscious casualty in the waterIf an unconscious casualty is found in water, remove the casualty from the water and away from any water deep enough to splash. Follow the steps below for AED use.

1. Power on the AED.
2. Attach the electrode pads on casualty according to the instructions included. These directions are generally to place first pad on upper right side of chest, just below the collarbone and the second pad on the lower left side of the chest, just below and to the left of the nipple.
3. Allow the AED to analyze the casualty’s heart rhythm. Stop CPR and do not touch or move the casualty during this phase. No one should touch or have contact with the casualty for the next few steps.
4. If defibrillation is required, the AED will prompt the responder to administer a shock or will automatically shock. Remember, do not touch the casualty while the AED is analyzing or shocking.
5. Step back and announce, “Stand Clear!” to avoid inadvertently disturbing the analysis of the heart rhythm or risk shocking a responder or bystander. Scan the area to be sure everyone is clear of the casualty. Assistant responders should be trained to respond clearly and loudly that they are “Clear!”
6. If directed to do so, push the appropriate button to administer a shock to the casualty.
7. Repeat shocks if prompted to do so. The AED is designed to administer shocks only when it is appropriate for the casualty’s condition. A responder cannot accidentally administer an unneeded shock, even if the shock button is pressed repeatedly.
8. Recheck for responsiveness. Resume
CPR for 2 minutes. Allow the AED to analyze the heart rhythm every two minutes or until Emergency Medical Services arrive and take over care of the casualty.

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