Spring Cleaning: Maintaining Your AED Essentials

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Spring is well and truly upon us, which to some people, can only mean one thing: spring cleaning! With the temperatures starting to rise and Easter just around the corner, what better time to get motivated and stock up on the essentials for your defibrillator? We share a complete guide to maintaining your AED essentials.

Electrode Pads

Electrode pads are a vital component for your defibrillator that usually come pre-connected to your device. The gel adhesive on the pads is a conductor, which is what transfers a life-saving shock when placed on a cardiac arrest patient’s chest.

You may not know this, but electrode pads do in fact have an expiry date, therefore need to be checked regularly and replaced once this date has been reached. However, all electrode pads are one-use only, so if they have been used in a cardiac arrest emergency, they must be replaced immediately.

We recommend investing in a spare set of pads to accompany your AED, so that your device will always be ready to use in the event of an emergency.

Batteries

Without a battery, your defibrillator is unable to deliver the all-important shock to a cardiac arrest casualty.

Similarly to pads, batteries have expiry dates too, although it is more difficult to pinpoint the exact date of your battery expiry date. Factors such as the make and model of your defibrillator and how often the device is used will impact the expiry date.

Most defibrillator models will alert you if the battery is running low or expired, via a flashing light or beeping/chirping noise. You should perform a manual test on your device, which will inform you if any of the accessories have expired. Please see our defibrillator troubleshooting guide if you are unsure about the status of your battery or need help replacing it.

Storage & Rescue Kit

Where do you store your defibrillator? AED storage is something that is often overlooked, with some people just keeping their device in the box it came in. However, storage solutions like cabinets and wall brackets can significantly improve the accessibility of your defibrillator and keep it safe and secure from environmental elements.

In addition to this, having a rescue kit alongside your AED can effectively speed up treatment in a cardiac arrest emergency. Rescue kits include items like scissors to cut clothing, a razor to shave the patient’s chest, gloves and a pocket face mask for performing CPR. Every second matters when somebody suffers a cardiac arrest and having access to a rescue kit can limit the time between collapse and treatment.

Spring Stock Up

So, if you’re feeling productive this Spring, why not think about checking your defibrillator and ensuring that its accessories are in-date and fully functioning? You may also want to look at investing in some storage to keep your device safe and secure throughout all seasons.

Need some help with your spring cleaning? Give us a call on 015079907 or tweet us @defibshop_ie and we’ll be happy to help!

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