AED electrode pads are crucial components of your AED that must be kept fresh. As the electrode pads age, the adhesive gel breaks down, which can result in a weak connection between patient and AED. As a result, replacing your AED pads is crucial to making sure your AED will be ready in an emergency.
AED Pads FAQ
A crucial part of any successful AED initiative is keeping your defibrillators ready for use in any SCA emergency. Regular AED maintenance including monitoring and replacing aed pads and batteries is an absolute must in keeping your units ready for action. To aid you in keeping your AEDs ready for action, we carry a wide range of AED pads, replacement AED batteries, and other important accessories from all major AED suppliers.
Yes, all AED electrode pads expire. Electrode pads contain an adhesive, a conducting gel, and a metal electrode. These components can break down over time and manufacturers cannot guarantee the pads will function properly in an emergency past the expiration dates listed on the packaging. It is important to be sure the electrode pads stored with your AED have not exceeded their expiration date. Expiration dates are found on the AED electrode pad packaging and are intentionally made easy to identify.
Adult electrode pads are priced anywhere from $40 to $180 per set, and pediatric electrode pads cost about $100. Cost depends on the AED make and model. Pediatric pads are more expensive because they typically contain an attenuator to adjust the energy levels down to those safe for children under 55 lbs.
Two-piece adult electrode pads are placed with one pad on the upper right chest and one pad on the lower left rib cage. All AED electrode pads have a visual representation on the pads themselves to show you where to place them. One manufacturer has a one-piece adult electrode pad which uses a cross-hair center piece to help you align the pads properly. (This center piece also gives real-time CPR feedback on compression depth.)
For children under 55 lbs, pediatric electrode pads are recommended. In most cases, one electrode pad would be placed in the middle of the child's chest, and the other in the middle of the child's back. Apply according to the visual representation on the pediatric electrode pad packaging. If your AED has a reusable infant/child key, insert this key in the AED and use the normal electrode pads as instructed.
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