Who can use an AED?

Anyone can use an AED if they are able to understand and follow directions. All AEDs use both visual and vocal prompts to walk a user through a rescue. It requires no strength or stamina – even a child can use an AED. Common AED users include:

  • Fire department personnel 
  • Police officers
  • Lifeguards 
  • Flight attendants
  • Security guards
  • Teachers
  • Family members of people at high risk of SCA

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