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- Received May 23, 1983
- Revision received August 23, 1983
- Accepted September 21, 1983
- Published online March 1, 1984.
- Richard E. Kerber, MD, FACC*,a,
- James B. Martins, MD*,
- Kevin J. Kelly, MD*,
- David W. Ferguson, MD*,
- Craig Kouba, MD*,
- Susan R. Jensen, MD, FACC*,
- Bill Newman, MSEE†,
- Jeffrey D. Parke, MSBME†,
- Robert Kieso, MS* and
- Jeffrey Melton, BSS*
- ↵aAddress for reprints: Richard E. Kerber, MD, Department of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.
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.
This study was supported in part by Grant HL-14388 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Bethesda, Maryland and in part by the Physio-Control Corporation, Redmond, Washington.
- Received May 23, 1983.
- Revision received August 23, 1983.
- Accepted September 21, 1983.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation