Pediatric defibrillators, the most important thing

AED defibrillators for use in children

Defibrillators for use in children, everything you need to know


The AED defibrillators in children They are a fundamental element in caring for a cardiac arrest. As strange as it may seem, they too are exposed to these risks throughout their childhood.

Heart disease has no age, so the use of defibrillators may be necessary at any time. After basic life support has been provided and CPR has been administered to the child, the defibrillator can be used.


What age is safe to use a defibrillator in children?


The automatic defibrillators They are a safe equipment to use in children older than 1 year. It is important to note that the energy levels produced by an AED should not be the same for an adult as it is for a child. Therefore, appropriate pediatric defibrillation pads should be used.

The pediatric patches They help adjust the energy levels produced by a defibrillator, which means that depending on the age of the child, some patches or others will be used.


Defibrillation electrodes in children and how to place them


The defibrillators in children require the use of different electrodes/patches. These will depend on factors such as the child's age or weight. For this reason, it is important that when purchasing a defibrillator we look at what types of electrodes it incorporates.

The main difference is the electrode pad, pediatric ones are designed to make the discharge safer for a child's heart.

However, not all defibrillators have special pads. Some models are equipped with a button to change the adult automatic mode to a pediatric mode without having to change the electrodes, the power of the defibrillator is readjusted depending on the mode it is put on.

The way in which defibrillators are used in children is exactly the same as for adults, as long as you take into account the defibrillator mode or incorporate pediatric patches so that the level of discharge is the most appropriate.


How is a DESA defibrillator used in children?


Although children are less likely to experience cardiac arrest, they are also at risk. In the event that you see a child fall to the ground and you do not know why, it is necessary to follow a series of steps that can help maintain their vital functions and thereby save their lives.

The first thing to do is activate the chain of survival calling the emergency services. While they arrive, check if the child has a pulse, in the event that he does not, you should place him in a lateral position.

Second, there should be a cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the pediatric defibrillator arrives. Once we have the cardioprotection equipment, we must place the patches on the child's skin in the areas that we explain later.

Most defibrillators are equipped so that they can give instructions to the person who is using it, therefore, it is recommended to remain calm and follow the orders that the person is giving you.

Finally, in the if necessary deliver a shock, it will be the team itself that will indicate it, if it is required to do so, make sure that nobody touches the victim while the shock is being applied. Follow up with CPR until the emergency services arrive.


How to place defibrillator electrodes in children?


La position in which the electrodes are placed it will also be different from the one placed on adults. The main reason is why the child's thorax is not the same as that of an adult.

One of the pads should be placed on the right shoulder, just below the clavicle, the other should be placed 10 cm below the left armpit.

The pads are already marked, so that the person who is going to use them knows how to differentiate which are adult and child.

En Neosalus We want to guarantee everyone's health, so if you still have questions you can contact us to find out all the details about defibrillators in children.