While most sudden cardiac arrests occur in adults, they still strike our 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 percent of sudden unexpected infant deaths.” One amazing feature of the FRx is that it can deliver a shock to both adults AND children (generally under 55 pounds or 8 years old) with the SAME pads. Most AEDs on the market require both adult and pediatric pads, but with the FRx, you’ll never have to worry about separate pads. Just a single purchase of the Philips FRx Infant/Child Key. When the pediatric “key” is inserted into the device, it automatically reduces the joules (shock) to an appropriate level for a younger/smaller victim. This key NEVER expires and doesn’t need to be replaced after each use which makes the FRx so cost effective to own. This will ensure you are always ready to respond to a sudden cardiac arrest in either an adult or child. If the victim is under 55 pounds or 8 years old, and you have an Infant/ Child Key:
- Insert the Infant/Child Key into the slot at the top center of the front panel of the FRx. The pink portion pivots and fits into the slot, with the front of the Key lying flat on the surface of the FRx so the infant/child pads placement diagram is visible. (The back of the Infant/Child Key also has a diagram showing how to insert it.)
- Turn on the FRx and follow instructions to remove all clothing from the torso.
- Place the pads on the child’s front and back. It does not matter which pad is placed on the chest or the back.
Call us at 800-695-1209 to get your Infant/Child Key today!
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” https://www.heart.org/en. 26 January 2021.
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”
Last updated December 13, 2019