How to Replace the Pads on a Philips OnSite AED
Your commitment to community safety is an ongoing journey, and maintaining your Philips HeartStart OnSite AED is a crucial aspect of that mission. In this detailed guide, we'll take you through the process of replacing both used and expired electrode pads, incorporating the latest information to ensure you have the most up-to-date insights.
1. Understanding the Vital Role of Electrode Pads
The functionality of your AED hinges on the condition of its electrode pads. These pads play a pivotal role in analyzing the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, delivering a life-saving shock. Over time, wear, expiration, or exposure to environmental elements can compromise the pads' effectiveness.
2. Recognizing When Replacement Is Due
Regular checks are paramount to keeping your AED rescue-ready. Signs that replacement is necessary include:
Expiration Date: Check the expiration date on the packaging; electrode pads for the Philips Onsite have a 2 year life span.
Visible Wear: Inspect the pads for signs of wear, such as peeling, cracking, or adhesive issues.
Environmental Exposure: Extreme conditions can accelerate the deterioration of electrode pads.
After Use: It is mandatory that the pads are replaced after they have been used in a lifesaving situation, or whenever the seal on the pad has been broken.
3. Step-by-Step Guide on Replacing Used and Expired Electrode Pads
Note: Always refer to the AED's user manual for specific instructions.
a. Prepare Your Workspace: Locate the latch at the top edge of the AED and slide it to the side to release the pads cartridge.
b. Remove the Used Pads Cartridge: Lift out the used pads cartridge from the cartridge well.
c. Prepare the New SMART Pads Cartridge:
Remove a new SMART Pads Cartridge from its package.
Insert the cartridge into the cartridge well on the front of the HeartStart. Ensure it clicks into place when properly seated.
d. Final Checks: To prevent the pads' adhesive gel from drying out, do not pull the green “PULL” tab or open the hard cover or film seal of the cartridge until you need to use the pads.
e. Perform a Self-Test: Push the blue “Information” button to initiate a self-test to verify that the new electrode pads are functioning correctly.
4. The Impact of Timely Replacement on Lifesaving Effectiveness
Routine maintenance, including the replacement of used and expired electrode pads, ensures your AED is consistently in optimal condition. This diligence significantly increases the chances of a successful resuscitation during critical moments.
5. AED Advantage's Commitment to Your Maintenance Journey
At AED Advantage, we understand the importance of simplicity in maintenance. We go beyond providing top-tier products; we are your partners in creating a safer community. To make the process even more convenient, we send out timely maintenance reminders so you can have peace of mind.
Empowering Through Comprehensive Maintenance
Replacing electrode pads is a critical aspect of AED maintenance, and your commitment to this process is commendable. By staying vigilant and following a routine replacement schedule, you contribute substantially to the ongoing readiness of your Philips HeartStart OnSite AED.
Stay tuned for our next blog, where we'll delve into additional maintenance tips and how to replace the batteries of your Philips OnSite AED. Buy AEDs and shop AED replacement parts with AED Advantage—where empowerment meets a steadfast commitment to lifesaving.