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.
All AEDs come with a battery and pads but when your AED arrives, you might see some extra accessories. Here’s a list of what you can expect:
Battery: This powers your AED. Without it, the AED won’t function.
Adult Pad: Pads are placed on the chest and pass through the shock from the AED to the victim. Adult pads are used for those over the age of 8 and/or heavier than 55 lb.
1AED Check Tag: Use to note battery and pad expirations and regular monthly checks.
1AED Window Decal: Lets employees and guests know an AED is present in the building.
1CPR Response Kit: Includes the necessary items to help prepare the patient and rescuer for CPR and the use of an AED.
1 Physician's Prescription: FDA requires all AEDs have a physician's prescription.
AED Packages are designed specifically for your needs. There are a variety of package options ranging from home to business. Each of these packages provides different options to keep you prepared in an emergency. Here are some of the extra items that may be found in AED Packages:
Child/Pediatric Pads/Key: Organizations that frequently have children (under 8 years/under 55 lb.) present need pediatric pads or a pediatric key which adjusts the strength of the shock when the victim is a child.
Alarmed Cabinet: The cabinet is mounted on the wall and used to hold your AED and CPR response kit. The alarm helps prevent tampering and notifies those nearby when there is an emergency.
Wall Signs: Wall signs are used as a visual indicator to show where the AED is from far away. This makes it easier to find the AED. Some AED packages contain triangle wall signs which provide additional visibility around corners.
AED Backpack: Included in portable AED packages, this backpack features a clear window to allow those nearby to see there is an AED on-site.