AED written test practice questions

Are you preparing for an AED (defibrillator) written test or exam? Here are some practice multiple choice questions to help you prepare!

The answers to these questions are at the end of this post.

1. Where should you place the AED pads on an adult victim?

  1. One under the left arm pit and one high on the right side of the chest.
  2. One under the right arm and one high on the left side of the chest.
  3. One under each arm pit.
  4. One in the centre of the back and one over the centre of the chest.

2. What should you do if the AED advises that a shock is required?

  1. Keep performing CPR until the very last moment.
  2. Make sure that no one is touching the casualty and give a verbal warning.
  3. Stop performing CPR, but keep checking for a pulse.
  4. Stop doing chest compressions, but keep doing rescue breathing.

3. Where should you place the AED pads on a small child victim?

  1. One under the left arm pit and one high on the right side of the chest.
  2. One under the right arm and one high on the left side of the chest.
  3. One under each arm pit.
  4. One in the centre of the back and one over the centre of the chest.

4. Under what circumstances should you shave a victims’s chest?

  1. Always to make sure that you get perfect contact between pads and skin.
  2. Only if the casualty is male and over 21 years old.
  3. Never, the shock will work regardless of the presenceof hair.
  4. Only if there is excessive hair preventing good contact being made between the pads and the skin.

5. What should you do if you find that the casualty is wearing a nicotine, or similar, patch on their chest?

  1. Make sure that neither of the AED pads is placed over the patch.
  2. Continue with CPR and wait for the paramedic to arrive.
  3. Remove the patch and place the AED pads as normal.
  4. Place the pads as normal and follow instructions from the AED.

6. Which items should be kept with the AED?

  1. Towel, razor and scissors.
  2. Towel, wire cutters and scissors.
  3. Razor, wire cutters and scissors.
  4. Towel, razor and wire cutters.

AED practice test answers

  1. A
  2. B
  3. D
  4. D
  5. C
  6. A

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