If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, it is important to act fast.
Helping to save a life is easier than you might think.
The first two things to do are to ask someone to call 911 and ask someone to get an AED.
Immediately perform Hands-Only CPR by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
You have been performing Hands-Only CPR on an adult when the AED arrives.
You have the victim face up on a firm, flat surface and are ready to continue Hands-Only CPR with an AED.
You must remove all clothes that cover the chest as AED pads must not be placed over any clothing or jewelry.
Turn the AED on and follow the prompts which will tell you everything you need to do.
Peel away the backing from the pads and ensure there is nothing between the pad and the person's bare skin.
Plug the pads connector into the AED if necessary.
Follow the prompts and let the AED analyze and make sure that no one is touching the person.
The AED will analyze the heart rhythm. If the AED tells you that a shock is not needed resume Hands-Only CPR.
If the AED advises delivering a shock. Deliver a shock. Loudly state CLEAR and
make sure that no one is touching the person.
Push the shock button.
Immediately resume Hands-Only CPR until help arrives or the AED prompts you to pause.
You will likely need to repeat several cycles of compressions and shocks.
Follow the prompts from your AED until help arrives.
Again, if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse don't be afraid to start Hands-Only CPR.
Remember, call 911 and ask someone to get an AED then push hard and fast in the center of the chest until the AED and help arrives.
Your actions can help save a life.
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