Does My Facility Need Pediatric Pads?

If you run a daycare center, elementary school, community center, pediatric medical practice, pediatric dental office, or any other organization that routinely serves young children under the age of eight, yes, you should purchase an AED with a pediatric setting and/or pediatric pads.

We think it’s important to note that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a relatively unusual occurrence in children. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Each year, SCA claims the lives of over 2,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. and accounts for approximately 3-5% of all deaths in children aged 5-19 years. It is also responsible for 10-15% of sudden unexpected infant deaths.”

The 2015 AHA Heart and Stroke Statistics released by the American Heart Association found that 6,300 Americans under the age of 18 experienced an EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). When CPR and AEDs are administered within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, sudden death can be prevented. 

Some of the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in young people include:

Can I Use Adult AED Pads on a Child?

If young children rarely pass through your office doors, then you’re good to go with adult pads because, in a pinch, adult AED pads can be used on a child who is experiencing cardiac arrest.

Although AEDs are manufactured with adults in mind, pediatric settings and pads adjust the energy level used, making them safer for young children who weigh less than 55 pounds. 

The American Heart Association recommends that pediatric attenuated pads should be used on infants and children under the age. Adult pads are used on children eight years and older. 

However, using adult pads on a young child or infant is advisable if a child is experiencing SCA and pediatric settings are not available. After all, defibrillation can shock an irregular heartbeat back into an acceptable rhythm. And save a young life.

“In the absence of prompt defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, survival is unlikely. Automated external defibrillators should be used in infants with suspected cardiac arrest, if a manual defibrillator with a trained rescuer is not immediately available. Automated external defibrillators that attenuate the energy dose (eg, via application of pediatric pads) are recommended for infants. If an AED with pediatric pads is not available, the AED with adult pads should be used (Journal of Pediatric Emergency Care ).”

How Do I apply AED Pads to a Young Child?

When applying AED pads on an infant or young child, apply one pad to the front of the chest and the other to the child’s back so that the pads do not come into contact with one another.

Once the pads are attached, follow the instructions given by the AED.

An AED is designed to analyze a victim’s heart rhythm, regardless of age. If a shockable rhythm is detected, an AED will prompt the rescuer to administer the shock. Some devices will administer shocks automatically. An AED will not advise or deliver a shock unless the victim’s heart rhythm is in one of two shockable rhythms. 

In other words: don’t worry, you cannot accidentally shock someone with an AED. You’ll never do more harm than good! 

What Do Pediatric AED Pads Look Like?

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. If your AED requires a child/infant key, the key will likely have an illustration on it showing the proper placement of the adult AED electrode pads for use on a child or infant.

To learn more about our CPR and AED Training or to purchase an AED with pediatric capabilities, visit aed.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Do AED Batteries and Pads Expire?

Did You Know AED batteries and pads expire? Yes, they do! How long is the life expectancy of your AED battery and pads? Let’s find out!

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

Fortunately, most AED batteries last for anywhere from two to five years in standby mode. For the most accurate information regarding your AED model, refer to your user manual. Expiration dates can also be found on the back of your AED battery. 

Typically, an AED battery will have three dates printed on it: a manufactured-by date, an install-by date, and an expiration date. An AED battery should be used within five to seven years of its manufacturer date. The install-by dates indicated that the battery should be installed in an AED no later than the specified date. And the expiration date indicates when the battery will no longer function.

We recommend having a replacement battery ready and accessible at all times. Some AED batteries will need to be replaced after use, others are capable of handling multiple rescues. Refer to your owner’s manual for more detailed information.

Quick Reference AED Pad Life Expectancy Guide

Cardiac Science: Cardiac Science Powerheart AED batteries have a life expectancy of four years.

Defibtech: Defibtech Lifeline AED batteries have a life expectancy of four to seven years, depending on the model.

Heartsine: Heartsine Samaritan AED batteries have a life expectancy of approximately three and a half years.

Philips: Philips HeartStart OnSite AED batteries have a life expectancy of four years.

Physio-Control: Physio-Control LIFEPAK AED batteries have a life expectancy of approximately three years.

Zoll: ZOLL AED batteries have a life expectancy of five years in standby mode. 

How Long Do AED Pads Last?

Like AED batteries, the shelf life of AED pads varies. Most pads, however, have a shelf life of two to four years. The water-based electrolyte gel that sticks to the chest of the victim and conducts electricity dry out over time, so both the pads that are attached to the AED, as well as the back-up pads, should be routinely checked and replaced as indicated. 

Pads should always be replaced after use.

Quick Reference AED Pad Life Expectancy Guide

Cardiac Science: Cardiac Science Powerheart AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Defibtech: Defibtech Lifeline AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Heartsine: Heartsine Samaritan AED pads have a life expectancy of approximately three and a half years.

Philips: Philips HeartStart OnSite AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Physio-Control: Physio-Control LIFEPAK AED pads have a life expectancy of approximately two years.

Zoll: ZOLL AED pads have a life expectancy of two to five years, depending on the model.

If you’re worried about keeping track of expiration dates, you’ll want to consider a compliance management program like Cardio Partners’ LifeShield. Online compliance management programs send regular reminders for you to check your AED’s functionality and verify pad and battery life. It will also help you make sure that your equipment is properly registered. 

If you’re still trying to figure out which AED is right for you, we’ll help you find the AED and the batteries and pads that best fit your needs. Contact us! We’re always happy to help. 

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

5 Ways to Care for Your AED

There’s plenty you can do to care for your AED. Although these life-saving devices are incredibly easy-to-use and relatively low-maintenance, it’s good to show your AED and little TLC every now and again.

After all, here at Cardio Partners, we can’t imagine anything worse than needing an AED only to discover that it isn’t rescue ready!

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital each year. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — which is a leading cause of death among Americans — occurs when an electrical malfunction in the heart disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and other vital organs. 

Sadly, 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before they reach the hospital. Together, we can turn these stats around. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a well-maintained and rescue-ready AED have more than double the odds of survival to hospital discharge (EHS Today). 

However, if your AED isn’t rescue-ready because it’s poorly maintained, inaccessible, or out-of-compliance, it’s simply not going to get the job done. 

Here are 5 easy ways to keep your AED in good working order!

Make Sure Your AED is Visible and Easy to Access

This isn’t strictly maintenance-related, but you’ll want to make sure that everyone knows where your AED is located. You’ll earn bonus points for offering first aid and CPR training — every two years, at minimum. 

Check out this article to learn more about finding the best location for your AED.

Create a Maintenance Schedule

Refer to your AED Owner’s Manual for more information about maintenance schedules. Each manufacturer has slightly different guidelines. Then, designate someone within your organization to check on your AED several times each year.

Verify Battery Life and Installation

Make sure your AED batteries are within their recommended life span, are properly charged, and that they’re installed correctly. In the event your AED is needed, no one is going to want to stop performing CPR and reinstall an incorrectly installed battery!

Inspect the Exterior of Your AED

AEDs are durable but even the toughest AEDs can show signs of wear and tear. We covered this in detail in our post, Which AED is Right for You and What an IP Rating Tell You About Your AED, but you’ll want to give your AED a once-over a couple of times throughout the year to make sure that there are no cracks and that your AED pads are sealed and have not expired.

Invest in AED Compliance Management and Preventative Maintenance Programs

Take the worry out of AED compliance and maintenance by investing in an AED compliance management program and an AED preventative maintenance program. If you do this, your AED should be pretty much worry-free and maintenance-free!

At Cardio Partners, we care about making your workplace and your community safe. For more information about caring for your AED, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.