As defibrillation and effective CPR is the only definitive method of treating a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), having a defibrillator ready to be used in a rescue is essential for patient survival. Regular AED maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations will ensure that your device remains reliable and will be more effective in an SCA emergency.
Although AED failures are infrequent, they should be avoided at all costs, as they are likely to result in the loss of a life.
When investing in a defibrillator, many people treat their purchase as a short-term project. Long-term maintenance of your AED is crucial to ensure that it is still working at its optimum level.
Sadly, more than 1,000 SCA deaths have been linked to AED failures, with battery failure accounting for almost a quarter of these instances. Issues with pads and connectors are also a main reason as to why defibrillators have not provided treatment in an SCA emergency.
Battery and pad reminders
The life of a defibrillator battery and pads will vary depending on its manufacturer, however, most are between 2-5 years. Whether you have purchased your device from defibshop or not, we will contact you to remind you when your defibrillator accessories are nearing their expiry date, allowing you plenty of time to purchase replacements. Simply sign up to our reminder service here.
A yearly service is essentially an MOT for your defibrillator, to ensure that everything is in working order.
Comprehensive AED checks include battery and pad inspection, to determine whether replacements are needed, and a visual check, to make sure that there is no damage to the screen, buttons and other connections.
A yearly service will give you peace of mind that your device is always ready to be used in the event of an emergency and is more likely to save a victim of cardiac arrest.
Although training is not mandatory for using a defibrillator, we recommend some basic training, which will help you to get used to the particular model that you have bought. Each unit is different, and some have more advanced features than others, therefore, training will ensure that you use your defibrillator to its full potential.
Choosing where to store your defibrillator can also have an impact on how well it is maintained, particularly if you’re storing your device in a public location.
From wall brackets to stainless steel cabinets, there is plenty of AED storage choice, which will help to increase both the security and visibility of your life-saving unit. Additionally, a cabinet will also help to protect your defibrillator against theft and general wear-and-tear.
Has your AED been maintained?
If you have read this and are feeling concerned that your defibrillator has not been well-maintained, then do not fear! Book your device onto one of our comprehensive checks, as we have previously mentioned. Having a defibrillator that is ready-to-use and accessible is fundamental, as an SCA victim’s chance of survival increases from 6-74% if treatment is provided in the first 3-5 minutes. Consequently, following these simple guidelines could potentially save a life.