How often should the pads of an AED be replaced?
The pads that come with your AED should be replaced every 4-5 years or as directed by the owners manual of your device. AED pads are manufactured with tin and lubricated with a special conductive gel that forms a bond with the skin on contact. It is extremely important to make sure that the pads are in prime shape or the device will be useless. Over time the gel will deteriorate and essentially dry out (especially if opened). The pads of your AED should have an expiration date on them to let you know when to change them out. Most suppliers that sell AEDs will also sell their accompanying pads.
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- November 26, 2012
Always remember to check the pads for any signs of damage or leaking if stored for a long time. Once a year you can take them out and check the packaging if they are sealed. Otherwise follow the expiration dates and if they don’t have an expiration date, write with a sharpie when you purchased them on the package. Just like food, they can go bad. Be safe and stay healthy.