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?

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


Automated external defibrillators (AED) are machines that administer a controlled electrical shock through electrodes. The end result is that the cardiac arrhythmia that causes cardiorespiratory arrest remains reverted to a normal rhythm.

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

Turning on an AED can save lives if you experience cardiac arrest. Please note that the AED functions in children, as the steps you follow may vary from those of adults.

How do we act?

When carrying out the BLS (basic vital support) we will use the same sequence that in adults we have in mind that in the compressions they are meant to compress a third of the thoracic diameter and that when carrying out the ventilations, we will insufflate air fins that vegem push the thorax.

Since there are the electrodes that we need to use, we can use the adult electric sticks in children over 8 years old but in younger children (between 1-8 years old) it is not necessary to use pediatric electric ones. In minor cases, an AED is only recommended if not recommended by the manufacturer.

Since the operation is easy to follow, when it is necessary to maximize the cure and above all, immediately contact the medical emergencies at 112.