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Is it safe to use an AED on someone wearing jewelry or with body piercings?

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You do not need to remove jewelry and body piercings when using an AED.
Leaving them on the person will do no harm. Taking time to remove them will delay giving the first shock.

Therefore, do not delay the use of an AED to remove jewelry or body piercings. However, do not place the AED pads directly over metallic jewelry or body piercings. Adjust AED pad placement if necessary.

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