Health advisory alerts providers of AED use during pediatric emergencies

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A health advisory has been issued to all providers and EMS agencies regarding the use of an AED in a pediatric emergency.

The advisory was issued after the National Association of State EMS Officials Pediatric Emergency Care Council learned of AED issues. These issues, according to the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), could result in not being able to provide life-saving treatment to people of all ages and weights.

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According to NYSDOH, the main concern is a certain defibrillation pad. They said the Physio-Control LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator is not intended for patients less than 8 years old. Furthermore, non-manufacturer-recommended pads don’t support therapy for certain age and weight groups.

Health experts are warning first responders of these pads’ limitations and are told to review the operator’s manual for proper treatment of a young patient.

Other recommendations include the use of Zoll Pedi-pads II for Zoll AED Plus units and that some AEDs have pads not suitable for use.

This advisory was issued a few days after a new law went into effect in New York that required all camps and youth sports programs to have AEDs on-site at all times.

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