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Where to put AED pads on Adults and Children?

Where to put AED pads on Adults?

AED pad placement is the same for all adults.

Where you put AED pads on a woman = where you put AED pads on a man = where you put AED pads on a pregnant woman. It’s all the same!

The electrode pad placement might vary from one AED brand to the next, so be sure to check your AED’s owner’s manual for specific electrode pad placement instructions. If you can’t find it there, most AEDs have an image printed directly on the electrode pads that show where they should be placed on a person’s body.

Where to put AED pads on Children?

There are several additional considerations when it comes to placing AED pads on a child.

Read more about the specifics of child defibrillator pad placement with our Pediatric AED Pad Guide.

Installing pediatric AED pads

Older AED units, such as the ZOLL AED Plus, require responders to remove their pre-installed adult pads and insert a separate and detached set of pediatric pads to treat infants and children. The dedicated pediatric pads have a built-in attenuation mechanism that receives the full amount of energy from the AED unit but reduces the energy to a lower level before delivering the shock to a child.

Newer AED models are moving in the direction of using the same set of electrode pads (i.e. universal pads) for adults and pediatric patients. 

With universal pads, users can press the “Child Button” on the AED, which switches the device between “adult” and “child” mode, to attenuate the energy of the defibrillation shock. 

One set of electrode pads, capable of serving all patients, no matter their size or age, is a much better option than two separate sets of pads (one for adults and one for children) in several ways:

AED Brands that Use One Set of Electrodes for ALL Patients (Adults & Children)

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