Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Infants & Children

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An AED can be used on children and infants and should be used as early as possible for the best chance of improving survival. Check the AED when it arrives at the scene. Pediatric pads should be used if the person is less than eight years old. Standard (adult) pads may be used if pediatric pads are not available. If using standard (adult) pads, do not let the pads touch. For infants less than a year old, a manual defibrillator should be used if available. If a manual defibrillator is not available, an AED may be used. Some AEDs have a switch that can be set to deliver a pediatric shock. If available, turn the switch on when using on children younger than eight years old. If the AED cannot deliver a pediatric shock, an adult shock should be given. It is important to remember an electric shock may be the cure for a fatal heart rhythm.

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AED Steps for Children and Infants

  1. Retrieve the AED (Figure 12a).
    • a. Open the case.
    • b. Turn on the AED.
  2. Expose the person’s chest (Figure 12b).
    • a. If wet, dry the chest.
    • b. Remove the medication patches.
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Figure 12

3. Open the Pediatric AED pads (Figure 12c).

  • a. Peel off backing.
  • b. Check for pacemaker or defibrillator.

4. Apply the pads (Figure 12d).

a. Apply one pad on the upper right chest above the breast. For infants,apply on upper left chest

b. Apply the second pad on lower left chest below the armpit. For infants, apply second pad to back (Figure 12e).

5. Ensure wires are attached to the AED box (Figure 12f).

6. Move away from the person (Figure 12g).

  • a. Stop CPR.
  • b. Instruct others not to touch the person.

7. Let AED analyzes the rhythm.

8. If AED message reads “Check Electrodes,” then:

a. Ensure electrodes make good contact.

9. If AED message reads “Shock,” then:

  • a. Press and hold flashing shock button until shock is delivered.

10. Resume CPR for two minutes (Figure 12h).

11. Repeat steps 1-10.

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