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Video: Rapid 12 Lead Pad

Reader Ron asked me if I had heard of the Rapid 12 Lead Pad. I had not. A quick Google and YouTube search helped me find this information about the Rapid 12 Lead Pad. Conceptually it makes sense to me to have a single set of electrodes with only one backing to peel off. Also looks like it comes out of the monitor case cleaner. With an application time claim of 11 seconds I wonder about the time it takes to apply individual electrodes. To meet aggressive time goals for STEMI patients looking for time savings throughout the assessment and treatment process makes sense to me.

Watching the video my only concern is how firmly I would have to press the electrodes against the patient’s chest as I stretched the pad, especially if the patient was seated.

Have you used the Rapid 12 Lead Pad? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages?

Reminder to medical device makers: my dream is a set of wireless electrodes (no cables). Simply apply and acquire with no messy cables.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.