How to use an AED in children from 1 to 8 years old?

How to use an AED defibrillator in children from 1 to 8 years old?

How to use an AED defibrillator in children from 1 to 8 years old?

 

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are machines that deliver a controlled electrical shock through electrodes. The purpose is that the cardiac arrhythmia that causes a cardiorespiratory arrest is reverted to a normal rhythm.

Its use is very simple and safe, and it can be used by non-medical personnel with minimal training.

Knowing how an AED works can save lives if we are facing a cardiac arrest. That is why today we are talking about the operation of AEDs in children, since the steps to follow may vary compared to adults.

How should we act?

When performing BLS (basic life support) we will use the same sequence as in adults, taking into account that when performing compressions they must compress a third of the thoracic diameter and that when performing ventilations, we will insufflate air until we see raise the chest

In reference to the electrodes that we must use, we can use the adult electrode patches in children over 8 years of age, but in younger children (between 1-8 years) we should use pediatric electrodes. In babies under one year of age, we will only use an AED if the manufacturer recommends it.

Despite the fact that the operation is easy to follow, when it comes to children, extreme care must be taken and above all, immediately contact the medical emergencies on 112.