Self-adhesive preapplied electrode pads for defibrillation and cardioversion

J Am Coll Cardiol. 1984 Mar;3(3):815-20. doi: 10.1016/s0735-1097(84)80258-2.


The efficacy of self-adhesive electrode pads for defibrillation and cardioversion was assessed in 80 patients who received 267 shocks from self-adhesive pads. In all but two patients, defibrillation or cardioversion was achieved at least once. The pads were equally effective when used in the apex-anterior or apex-posterior position. The transthoracic impedance using self-adhesive pads was 75 +/- 21 ohms (mean +/- standard deviation), which is similar to previously reported transthoracic impedance in defibrillation, using standard hand-held electrode paddles of 67 +/- 36 ohms. It is concluded that self-adhesive electrode pads are effective for defibrillation and cardioversion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / therapy*
  • Electric Countershock / instrumentation*
  • Electrodes
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans