This is a dummy with the AED pads attached. The AED tells you when to give a shock, stop compressions, and start compressions.
This is a bag mask. You would only use it in the event of a two-person rescue.
If it was just you, by yourself with an adult heart attack victim, you would:
- Shake the victim. Call loudly, "Sir/Ma'am, can you hear me?"
- Get a passerby to call for help. Alert another to find an AED.
- If you get no response, feel by the trachea for a pulse. This should take no more than 10 seconds. Time is important.
- If you find no pulse, immediately start chest compressions. These take a lot of energy. Count out loud.
- Once you've done thirty compressions, allowing chest recoil time, give two breaths. If you don't have a pocket mask, seal your lips around the victim's and breathe twice. Watch for the chest to rise and fall.
- Attach the AED pads under the left nipple and above the right.
- The AED will instruct you to stand back, and it will shock the victim.
- Wait for the AED to reanalyze.
- Resume compressions, if the AED tells you to.
- Repeat this cycle until you see the victim breathing normally or until EMTS arrive.
So, as you can see, I had a lot of steps to remember! I also had to practice chocking rescue, and we practiced on adult, toddler, and infant dummies. Then we took a 25 question test. I was pretty nervous, as I was the only kid there, but I passed.
I am now a certified healthcare professional!!