Does a person need to be trained in order to use an AED?


   Although an expected user may have training in using an AED, training is not necessary to properly use the device. Administering an AED is simple and clear. The AED will guide the user through the process by a series of clear voice prompts which are simple directions. The AED diagnoses the patient’s heart rhythm and directs the user if a shock is needed or not. The device will not shock unless needed. Therefore, there is no danger to a patient who may not need the AED. Any non-medically trained individual administering the AED is able to listen to the voice prompts and properly use the AED. The ease of use is one of the great features of an AED. 

     Also, if you end up in a situation where you have to use an AED on someone, and you are trained or untrained, you are fully protected by the Good Samaritan Law.  The Good Samaritan Law will protect you legally if the AED does not save the person. It allows you to try your best to save someone without the threat of any legal ramifications. 

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 Please click below for a short video on how to use an AED.