• AED/CPR Information
    The purpose of this information is to keep the GASD community informed and updated on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and using an AED.  While it is our greatest hope that we will never have to use these procedures and equipment, we must also live by the credo "always prepared".  For if you can save a person's life, then the time and resources spent on this project are worth it.  

    AED Building Locations

    Every building in the district has at least one AED, including the Eisenhower Center.  Signage is located throughout each building to identify specific locations.  Be sure to make notice of these signs and locations so that you are "Prepared!"



    The Chain of Survival


    EARLY Access




    EARLY Defibrillation


    EARLY Advanced Care


    Remember it takes only one person to start the chain and increase the person's chance of survival.  You can be that person to make a difference.

    Adult and Older Child
    Child (1-8 years old)
    Infant (less than 1 year old)
    Victim is unresponsive
    Phone 911
    Give two minutes of CPR, then phone 911
    same as child
    Open the airway using the head tilt chin lift
    Check for breathing - 
    look, listen, and feel for 5-10 seconds
    If no circulation, provide chest compressions
    Find the center of the chest (using the nipple line) place the heel of one hand on the sternum with the other hand on top, provide 30 compressions, at least 1.5 to 2 inches deep
    Find the center of the chest (using the nipple line), use 1 or 2 hands providing 30 compressions 1/3 to 1/2 inch deep
    Place index finger on sternum at nipple line, using next two fingers, provide 30 compressions 1/3 to 1/2 inch deep
    Compression Rate
    (timed for one minute if only doing compressions)
    Compression to ventilation rate
    To Relieve Choking
    Abdominal Thrusts
    (Heimlich Maneuver)
    Back slaps and chest thrusts
    AED Use
    Turn the power on (or open the case)
    Use AED as soon as it arrives
    same Same
    Attach pad to the victim's bare chest
    Use Adult Pads
    Use Pediatric Pads
    Use pediatric pads to chest and back 
    Allow the AED to check the heart rhythm
    Clear and Analyze
    Clear and Analyze
    Push the shock button if prompted by the AED
    Clear and Shock
    Clear and Shock
    Performing Adult CPR with an Automatic External Defibrillator
    Determine unresponsiveness.  If unresponsive.....
    • If you are alone, phone 911, get the AED, and return to the victim.
    • If you are not alone, scream for help, direct someone to call 911, and direct another to get the AED.
    A - Open the Airway with the head tilt - chin lift
    B - Check for Movement - Place your face, cheek side down next to the victims face.  Your eyes should be looking towards the victim's chest.
    • look to see if the chest rises
    • listen for air movement
    • feel for breaths on your cheek
    C - Circulation - Remove clothing from the front of the chest and perform chest compressions
    • compress lower half of the sternum at the nipple line 1.5 to 2 inches
    • compress at a rate of about 100 times per minute
    • give 30 compressions to two rescue breaths
    • after five cycles or about two minutes, check for signs of circulation
    D. Defibrillate - When the AED is brought to the site........ Power on the AED
    Attach the AED pads to the victim's bare chest.  Follow electrode diagram for placement location.
    Follow AED instructions - "Clear" victim while the AED checks rhythm. 
    If a shockable rhythm - "Clear" victim and push the shock button if the AED tells you to.  Be certain to do a visual inspection around the victim to make certain all bystanders are clear before pressing the shock button.
    If no shock advised by the AED, continue CPR until rescue personnel arrive.
    If victim has a pulse and is breathing, place in the recovery position and leave electrodes in place.