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Question about applying EKG pads

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I have found that this is a big problem if you are using "cheap" electrodes. There are several manufacturers out there that make "diaphoretic" electrodes.

I've had the same problem with the el-cheapo ones, but once we switched to the Blue Dots we have never had a problem.

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Ill have to mention this to our supervisor. We use just cheap pads and not to complain, but it's just insane how much time we spend trying to keep those things on while the benzoin sounds like it would help a great deal.

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how about hair spray? It works great for attaching the rubber grips on bike handles.

we use red dots electrodes and the pt has to be very diaphoretic for those not to stick. except theystick to everything including your gloves. are you talking about the defib pads not sticking? i ve never had that problem but that would be a problem indeed. the machine wont do anything if there is poor c0ontact or movement.

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Another good reason to not wear gloves. :wink:

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I have found that staples work quite well.

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Another good reason to not wear gloves. :wink:

Yeah, that and the awesome feeling of shit sqeezing through your fingers. Priceless

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We have the same issues here with the electrodes not sticking with diaphoresis and its frustrating being a coronary care unit and the electrodes not adhering. We have different brands for these patients and properlly shaving and drying the patients skin helps. The sweating as we all know seems to be from the underlying problem *circulatory strain* so fix the strain fixes the problem most of the time, but hey thats in an ideal world.

Tape works well, skin prep and alcohol wipes are other good sources. Its trial and error, some patients it works, sometimes it doesnt and others it takes a whole process of them trying over and over to get to work.

Scotty

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