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When should I avoid using an automatic external defibrillator?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
You should not use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the following situations:
  • Do not use AED if victim is lying in water.
  • Do not use AED if chest is covered with sweat or water.
  • Do not put an AED pad over a medication patch.
  • Do not place AED pad over a pacemaker (hard lump under chest skin).
  • Do not touch a victim when AED says to "stand clear" or while delivering a shock.
  • Do not use AED on infants less than 12 months unless you are trained to do so.
  • Do not use adult pads on children under age 8 (unless child-sized pads aren't available).
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