Can you use adult AED pads on a child?

Can you use adult AED pads on a child?


Most AED’s come with both adult and pediatric pads designed to be used on children. Pediatric pads should be used on children under 8 years old or children who weigh less than 55 pounds. Adult pads can be used on children and people 8 years old or older or weigh more than 55 pounds. With that said, if child pads are unavailable standard adult pads can be used. Below are some guidelines on how to use adult pads on a child.

• Do not let the pads touch
• If possible, set the AED to a pediatric setting to produce a pediatric shock
o If there is no pediatric setting an adult shock can be used
• If the child is an infant, please use a manual defibrillator
o However, if there is no manual defibrillator and AED may be used

Pad placement is also crucial for the success of the AED in saving one’s life. The placement of the pads differs from adult to child. Below are how to place pads on each type of person, whether it be an adult or a child.

For  Adults
o One pad should be placed on the right side of the chest, just below the collarbone
o The other should be placed on the lower left side of the chest
o Connect the pads to the AED and follow the instructions for use
o Be sure to place pads on bare skin

For Children
o Use child pads in available
o Do not cut or fold the pads and do not let the pads overlap each other
o Use a front-back placement for children and infants


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