I received a question via email about using an adult AED on a pediatric patient if there were no pediatric AED pads available. The quick answer? Yes, you can. Remember, many newer AED’s are now attenuated and will usually give as much electricity as needed to accomplish de-fibrillation. If at all possible, use an AED with pediatric pads and place them correctly on the chest and back of the pediatric patient. If no pediatric pads are available, place the adult size AED pads on the front center of chest and in the middle of the child’s back approximately between the shoulder blades to ensure most effective de-fibrillation even with adult AED. In the end, when a person is suffering sudden cardiac arrest, the majority of the time, they are in a some form of de-fibrillatable rythm and an AED is of great benefit, even if the size of the pads don’t match. Ages for the child ranges between 1-8 or first signs of puberty, after that, treat as an adult and if under 1 year of age, treat as an infant. There’s some question as to the effectiveness of de-fibrillation in infants under 1 year. See the above links for more details regarding this subject.
Every couple of minutes, someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest. 95% of these victims are dead before they make it to the Emergency Room doors. In North Carolina, the Governor is trying to change that statistic. She’s signed a bill that requires all highschoolers to be CPR trained prior to receiving their diploma. Is it a good or bad idea and why do you feel the way you do?
Keep in mind that ProTrainings.com has already implemented a program that offers CPR training and certification to all high school students for FREE! ProTrainings.com and the StudentsTrainFree.com program reported that over 3000 high schoolers this year alone have already been trained and certified. If you know of any school desiring to implement a similar program, please contact ProTrainings.com and ask for the Student CPR department.
In this mobile vlog, Roy wanted to address the AED question asked by two different people at almost the same time. Though there may be slightly different legal rules in the U.K. Compared to the U.S., both countries follow closely related ILCOR recommendations/guidelines. Always check your local laws to be sure, but in this episode, Roy addresses what the 2010 guidelines changed and why you can probably use an AED without any formal training. Let him know what you think of his more mobile format. He’s trying a new app that would allow him to record and post from almost anywhere and anytime. Not as finished as the in-studio videos but let’s him be more efficient. He will use the other format too but will sneak in some simpler ones when time is crunched. Your comments will be appreciated. Send comments to: email@example.com.
In this episode, Roy talks about a terrible tragedy where a 16 year old athlete made the winning shot, was greeted by teammates on the basketball court and suddenly collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest. Later it is revealed that the young man had a not so un-common condition. Learn how to recognize symptoms surrounding this condition, how to respond to an emergency that arises from this condition and how to detect it before it may be too late.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young man. May God bless and comfort them all.
In this episode of RoyOnRescue, I answer a question from a viewer who asked me to explain what an AED is. The area of cardiology is an extremely interesting subject and electrical therapies are really fun to explain but how to do it in a short amount of time? I thought I’d give it a try and explain how AED’s work and how they can help a heart beat normally again all in a fraction of the time I usually take to explain it. I hope it makes sense and sheds a bit of light on the life saving gift called an AED.
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