Can pediatric pads be used on adults?

Can pediatric pads be used on adults?

Never use pediatric pads or equipment on an adult ( > 8 years old). The energy delivered will not be enough. Chest hair can limit the contact between the AED pads and the skin, preventing the AED from reading the heart rhythm and delivering a shock.

What is the difference between the adult and child pads?

Child pads are designed to administer a smaller dose of therapy than adult pads. The American Heart Association (AHA) states that in the event of an emergency, if there are no pediatric pads available you should place one adult pad on the front of the child and the other adult pad on the back of the child.

Are pediatric pads bigger than adult pads?

Pediatric electrode pads are typically smaller and feature a different color packaging than adult pads. Generally speaking, the instructions and pad placement illustrations will depict a small child or infant.

What AED pads would someone use on a pediatric victim if no pediatric pads were available?

Standard (adult) pads may be used if pediatric pads are not available. If using standard (adult) pads, do not let the pads touch. 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 treatment for a fatal heart rhythm.

What if the AED pads touch?

If it looks like the pads will touch, put one pad in the center of the baby’s chest. Don’t touch the baby while the AED checks the baby’s heart rhythm. The AED will deliver a shock if needed. Some AEDs will tell you to press a button to deliver the shock.

What is the youngest age you can use an AED?

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be used for children 1 to 8 years of age who have no signs of circulation. Ideally the device should deliver a pediatric dose.

Where is the correct hand placement for CPR for child?

Performing Child & Baby CPR Push hard, push fast. -For children, place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest, then place the heel of the other hand on top of the first hand, and lace your fingers together.

How many back blows when a child is choking?

1. Give up to five back blows: hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades. If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step 2. Back blows create a strong vibration and pressure in the airway, which is often enough to dislodge the blockage.

What do you do when a toddler is choking incident?

What to do if your child is choking:

  1. Call 911 if your child was choking and has passed out. Do CPR if you are trained on how to do it.
  2. Call 911 if your child is awake but cannot breathe, talk, make noise, or he is turning blue.
  3. Watch your child carefully if he can breathe and talk.

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