Why Maintaining Your AED Is Just As Important as Having One


AEDs save lives although, in order for them to provide life-saving treatment to a victim of cardiac arrest, the device must be in optimal working condition. Maintaining your AED is therefore just as important as it is for you to own one.

We cover the importance of maintaining your life-saving AED. Afterall, your AED is only as good as the maintenance you put into it.

Prepare for an Emergency

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time or place and is a leading cause of death in America. The victim’s chance of survival declines by 7 to 10 percent for each minute that there is a delay in defibrillation. Ensuring your AED is ready to be used in a rescue at all time will save precious time in an emergency situation where every second counts.

AED failures

The long-term maintenance of your life-saving device is essential for ensuring it is ready to be used to treat a victim of SCA. More than 1,000 SCA deaths have previously been linked to the failure of an AED. Battery failure accounted for almost one-quarter of these failures.

Problems with pads and connectors also accounted for reasons why AEDs were unable to provide treatment in a cardiac emergency.

The life of an AED battery and pads will vary depending on the manufacturer and the particular device you own. With most lifespans commonly being between 2 and 5 years.

We offer pad and battery expiry reminders whether or not you got your AED from us to give you peace of mind knowing your core accessories get replenished and renewed.

Program Management

In order for your AED to save a victim of cardiac arrest, you need make sure it is ready to deliver a lifesaving shock.

If you own one or multiple AEDs, there are important questions that you should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to:

  • Are you confident that every one of your AEDs is ready to be used and will work in an emergency?
  • Do you know your AED’s current self-test status?
  • Do you know when to replace the pads and batteries for each of your AEDs?
  • Do you know when your responders need to be retrained?
  • Can you effectively and efficiently review the status of all your AEDs and trainer responders?

With defibcare AED Program Management you can manage every AED you own regardless of the manufacturer or when the device was purchased.

Whether you have one or one thousand AEDs, defibcare ensures that everyone within the organization that requires a status update will receive one, offering Good Samaritan status updates, early warnings and reminders to keep everyone informed and to ensure all of your AEDs remain fully functional and ready to be used in a rescue scenario so that you are able to answer ‘Yes’ to all of the questions above.

Ready to rescue

We know that CPR and defibrillation is the only definitive treatment for SCA which has prompted numerous workplaces, schools, communities and public environments to become heart safe with an AED. However, if you do not keep on top of maintaining your AED, you might as well not have one as survival from cardiac arrest is dependant on the reliable operation of an AED.

If you would like to know more, get in touch by calling 800 989 7768 and a member of the defibshop team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, you can tweet us @thedefibshop and let us know how you maintain your AED.

References: https://www.sca-aware.org/sca-news/report-on-aed-failures-a-reminder-that-maintenance-is-vital

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