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What should I do if someone needing an AED is immersed in water?

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  • If the person is in water, remove him or her from the water before
         defibrillation.
  • A shock delivered in water could harm responders or bystanders. 
  • Once you have removed the person from the water, be sure there
         are no puddles of water around you, the person or the AED. 
  • Remove wet clothing to place the pads properly, if necessary. 
  • Dry the person's chest and attach the AED pads.

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