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Defibrillator & AED Electrode Pads

While defibrillators are becoming more popular across local communities, it’s important not to forget some of the AED accessories that can be bought with them. A sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anybody at any time, and ensuring your unit is fit for purpose should always be one of your main health and safety concerns.

SCA is not a rare condition. 30,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospital each year, and while this seems too many, ensuring you have a working defibrillator, batteries, defib pads and defibrillator accessories can help reduce this number. 

Some of the accessories that we offer are defibrillator electrode pads. AEDs can be used on either adults or children, but there are different defibrillator pads for those two different ages. This isn’t common knowledge, and while you should always use the pads you have if you don’t have paediatric pads to hand, they are available to buy to aid the rescue of children.


Why Keep Your Defib Pads in Good Condition?

1. Enhanced effectiveness of AEDs during emergencies: Regular inspection and replacement of expired or damaged defib pads can significantly enhance the effectiveness of AEDs during emergencies. Defib pad failures can hinder the AED's ability to accurately analyse the patient's condition and deliver appropriate treatment. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct regular checks to ensure the defib pads are within their expiration dates, properly stored, and undamaged.

2. Increased chances of successful resuscitation: Timely battery replacements and proper storage of spare batteries (where recommended by the manufacturer) are vital to avoid unexpected power failures during an emergency. Similarly, ensuring that defib pads are functional, in-date, and correctly applied is crucial for accurate rhythm analysis and effective defibrillation. Neglecting to address these issues can jeopardise the chances of successful resuscitation in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

3. Reduced liability: Good maintenance not only helps provide protection against liability, but it can also help you resolve problems with the manufacturer if your device malfunctions. If an AED isn't properly maintained, the consequences can be tragic. Without receiving ongoing maintenance, AEDs may not be working correctly or their disposable parts (like electrode pads and batteries) may expire.

4. Quick resolution of issues: Extra defib pads can offer a quick resolution and give AED owners peace of mind that they are covered if one of these issues arises. When defib pads are expired or are damaged, they must be replaced immediately as they may not deliver an effective shock or proper monitoring.

5. Cost savings: Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your AED and its accessories, including electrode pads. An effective PAD program requires continued supervision, maintenance, and training. Over a period of time, the supervision and maintenance of a defib pad site may falter. This is especially true if the site is maintained by volunteers.

Ensuring that defib pads are kept in good condition is crucial for the effective use of AEDs during emergencies, increased chances of successful resuscitation, reduced liability, quick resolution of issues, and cost savings. Regular inspection and replacement of expired or damaged defib pads, proper storage of spare batteries, and ongoing maintenance are essential to achieve these benefits.


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