Pediatric defibrillation pads differ from adult pads by adjusting the energy level that is put out by the AED. These pads should be used for children under 55 lbs (typically under 8 years old), while adult pads should be used for individuals over 55 lbs (older than 8 years old). If children frequently visit your facility or business, it is highly recommended that pediatric pads are available for each AED on-site. In the event of an emergency and there are no pediatric pads available, adult pads can be used but may require the pads to be placed differently than where it shows on the pad package.
While most AEDs have pediatric pad options for their units, there are a few that don’t.
The Philips HeartStart FRx AED does not have pediatric pads. Instead, this AED uses a “Child Key” that can be inserted into the front of the unit to reduce the energy level of the shock.
The Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2 AED is another unit that does not require pediatric pads. This AED has a button that can be pressed to switch the AED from adult mode to child mode.