How should I use an AED on someone with hypothermia?

  • If the person is wet, remove wet clothing and dry his or her chest.
  • Attach the AED pads. 
  • If a shock is indicated, deliver it, following the instructions of the
  • If the person still is not breathing, continue CPR and protect the
         person from further heat loss.
  • Do not withhold CPR or defibrillation to re-warm the person. 
  • Be careful not to unnecessarily shake a person who has experienced
         hypothermia as this could result in V-fib.

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