Sports First Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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AED Pads

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Types of AED Pads and Their Application

Overview of AED Pad Types

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) pads are essential components of AED units. Understanding the differences between cartridge and conventional pad types, including those with integrated batteries, is crucial for effective emergency response.

Cartridge-Type AED Pads

Cartridge-type AED pads come in two main varieties: those with integrated batteries (e.g., HeartSine) and those without (e.g., Philips HeartStart). Cartridges with batteries simplify maintenance by combining pad and battery replacement.

Conventional Pad Types

Conventional AED pads, often packaged in foil, require separate battery management. When using these, ensure they are correctly connected to the AED unit and regularly check for expiry dates and physical damage.

Pad Application and Maintenance

  • Adult Pads: Clearly marked for correct placement, these pads should be applied firmly to bare skin, avoiding excessive hair.
  • Pediatric Pads: For children, use pediatric pads when available, placing them front and back. Adult pads may be used if pediatric ones are not available, ensuring they do not touch each other.
  • Infant Pads: There are no specific pads for infants (under one year old). In such cases, follow the standard emergency procedure without AED intervention.


Proper knowledge and handling of different types of AED pads are vital for ensuring effective response in cardiac emergencies. Regular maintenance, correct application, and understanding the nuances between adult and pediatric pads can significantly impact the success of defibrillation attempts.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit two LO1.5 & 2.4