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Feb 27, 2024

Have you ever wondered "what would happen if you or a family member had a medical emergency while using public transportation"  Today we feature Bill H. who had a cardiac event after boarding a Chicago Metra train and the two bystanders that weren't about to let these be his LAST train ride!


Automated external defibrillators can help save lives during sudden cardiac arrest. However, even after training, remembering the steps to use an AED the right way can be difficult. In order to help keep your skills sharp, we've created a quick step-by-step guide that you can print up and place on your refrigerator, in your car, in your bag or at your desk. This way, you can review the AED steps any time, at your convenience, and keep them fresh in your memory.

How to Use An AED

These AED steps should be used when caring for a non-breathing child aged 8 or older who weighs more than 55 pounds, or an adult.

After checking the scene and ensuring that the person needs help, you should ask a bystander to call 911 for help, then:

1.  Complete the CHECK and CALL steps

2.  As soon as an AED is available, turn it on and follow the voice prompts

3.  Remove clothing and attach pads correctly

  • Remove all clothing covering the chest. If necessary, wipe the chest dry
  • Place one pad on the upper right side of the chest
  • Place the other pad on the lower left side of the chest, a few inches below the left armpit

Note: If the pads may touch, place one pad in the middle of the chest and the other pad on the back, between the shoulder blades

4.  Plug the pad connector cable into the AED, if necessary

5.  Prepare to let the AED analyze the heart’s rhythm

  • Make sure no one is touching the person
  • Say, “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voice

6.  Deliver a shock, if the AED determines one is needed

  • Make sure no one is touching the person
  • Say, “CLEAR!” in a loud, commanding voice
  • Push the “shock” button to deliver the shock

7.  After the AED delivers the shock, or if no shock is advised, immediately start CPR, beginning with compressions