If you have access to a defibrillator, this should be used. The defibrillator is easy to use. When it is turned on it tells you with voice guidance what to do.

Continue with CPR while starting up the defibrillator and following its instructions. Look at the drawings where the adhesive electrodes are to be attached to the person’s bare chest.

The defibrillator only recommends and charges for electric shock if necessary. If the defibrillator recommends shock, it will ask everyone to pull away and you can safely press the flashing button to deliver the shock. It is safe to touch the person after the shock has been delivered. Resume cardiopulmonary resuscitation as soon as possible. Now the defibrillator will wait a while before analysing again. You must continue to do CPR until the defibrillator announcing a new analysis.

If the defibrillator does not recommend shock, continue with CPR until paramedics take over or the person shows signs of life. Leave the defibrillator connected, it will reanalyse regularly.

Although there is no requirement that you have a course in the use of defibrillators, we recommend it if you have a defibrillator.

Important – Use of defibrillators on children. Some defibrillators have their own “child mode” which is selected with a button, or their own electrodes which are adapted for children under 25 kg. Check what applies to your defibrillator. Adult electrodes can be used on children and infants, but they must be sticked to the skin so that they do not come into contact with each other.