Did you know out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates double when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within 3-5 minutes? That’s why having a working AED on hand during emergencies is so critical when every second counts. One essential component of an AED includes the AED pads, also called “electrodes,” which use adhesive to stick to the patient’s chest. The wires, or “leads,” to/from the AED pads communicate to the AED with a diagnosis of the patient. If a shockable heart rhythm is detected, the AED will discharge an electrical current through the leads, AED pads, and ultimately, the patient’s body. The purpose of the electrical shock is to allow the heart to “restart” a normal rhythm. AED pads are placed on different areas of the patient’s torso, depending on size and shape. Check out our AED Pad Placement Guide to learn more.
Do I need pediatric pads as well?
SCA is rare in children and can affect anyone. Each year, SCA affects over 2,000 children and adolescents in the United States and accounts for about 3-5 percent of all deaths in children aged 5-19 years. We recommend equipping all AEDs with pediatric pads, especially if the AED is placed where many children gather, such as schools, daycares, churches, pools, sporting events, and other public spaces.
Pad and Battery Guide
Our Pad and Battery Guide features each AED with links to the correct pads and batteries, making it easy to find which accessories you need for your AED. Click below to jump to the section you want to see or keep reading for our complete list:
- ZOLL AED 3
- Adult and Pediatric: ZOLL CPR Uni-Padz III Universal (Adult/Pediatric) Electrodes
- ZOLL AED Plus
- Adult: ZOLL CPR-D-Padz One-Piece Electrode Pad with Real CPR Help or ZOLL Stat-Padz II
- Pediatric: ZOLL Pedi-Padz II
- ZOLL AED Pro
- Cardiac Science G5
- Adult and Pediatric: Cardiac Science G5 Intellisense CPR Feedback Pads
- Cardiac Science G3
- Cardiac Science G3 Pro
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2
- Adult and Pediatric: Physio-Control CR2 QUIK-STEP™ Pacing/ECG/Defibrillation Electrodes
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus & LIFEPAK Express
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000
- HeartSine Samaritan 350/360/450P
- Philips Onsite
- Philips FRx
- Philips FR3
- Defibtech Lifeline
- Defibtech Lifeline VIEW/ECG
How do I replace my pads?
The process to replace AED pads is different for each AED. Check out our YouTube channel, where Customer Service Director, Blaire Czarniecki, walks through changing pads for each AED.
If you have any additional questions about what pads you need for your AED, our team of customer service experts is available to help.
Last updated February 8th, 2022