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How Often Do I Need to Service an AED?

How Often Do I Need to Service an AED?

As you may know, the American Heart Association recommends that an automated external defibrillator (AED) is accessible in most public places, like parks, convention centers, transit hubs, places of worship, businesses, and more. What's especially important is that these AEDs are in working order - If an AED isn't ready for a rescue, it's almost as if there's no AED at all.

That said, it's really quite simple to ensure that your defibrillator is in tip-top shape and always ready for rescue.

It may go without saying, but an AED, being the life-saving device it is, offers very precise therapy when deployed. Such precision requires that the machine's componentry can properly read a victim's diagnostics and correctly regulate the amount of energy to be deployed in a life-saving shock. Regardless of the type of automated external defibrillator you have, every day, an AED will conduct a series of self-tests. These tests evaluate the readiness of individual components in the defibrillator, ensuring that individual component integrity has not been compromised. You'll know that the AED has passed it's daily self-test and is ready for rescue if the green indicator is showing on your device. 

Ideally, you should check to ensure the ready indicator is showing anytime you're around the unit. However, while Automated External Defibrillators are designed to be self-maintaining, once monthly, you should also check the following:

 

1) Visual Inspection

Take your AED Unit out of the cabinet and inspect the outer casing. Is the AED dirty? Is there any new visible damage to the unit? If the answer to either is "Yes", correct the issue or call us at 888-541-2337 for assistance with technical support. If the answer is "No" to both of these, proceed to the next step. 

 

2) Stock Check

Each AED has 2 consumable components: The Electrode Pad(s) and the Battery. (Note - HeartSine Automated External Defibrillators use a PAD-PAK which integrates these components into one convenient cartridge). The electrode pads will have a clearly marked expiration date on the packaging, usually found next to an hourglass symbol. Ensure that the pads are in-date. If they're expired, call us at 888-541-2337 for replacements, or order conveniently online here at AEDProfessionals.com. 

You should also ensure that your batteries are in working order. Some batteries have expiration dates, some have install-by dates, and some do not feature any dates prominently on the batteries. It's important that you are aware as to when the battery was installed in the unit, as this is the most sure-fire way to ensure your batteries are not expired. Batteries last 4-5 years, depending on the unit. Some units also have an "i" button to test the battery. If your unit is equipped, press the button once to confirm the status of your battery. 

AED Professionals recommends that the following supplies are available with every AED unit:

  • (1) Set, Adult Electrodes (plugged into unit at all times)
  • (1) Set, Adult Electrodes (extra set for backup)
  • (1) Set, Pediatric Electrodes
  • (1) Battery, Installed
  • (1) Battery, Backup
  • (1) AED Fast Response Kit
    • (1) Pair of Nitrile Gloves
    • (1) CPR Mask
    • (1) Set, Trauma Shears
    • (1) Dry Shaver
    • (1) Antiseptic Towelette
    • (2) Sterile Gauze Pads
    • (2) Antimicrobial hand wipes
    • (1) Biohazard bag
    • (1) Dry Towelette

Having extra supplies ensures that if any of the installed components are defective, you can still save a life. Remember - An AED that is missing working pads is the same as not having an AED at all. Having an AED fast response kit allows for better electrode application and minimizes the risk of ruining a set of electrodes prior to rescue. 

While inspecting Automated External Defibrillators is relatively simple, larger organizations with multiple AEDs across multiple locations can both benefit from Plus Trac, our AED Program Manager. Plus Trac Total AED Program Management System consolidates AED oversight, management, and stock-keeping into one convenient portal that walks the user through proper AED maintenance and management protocol. It will also ensure that any required reporting to local authorities, like 911 or EMS, is up-to-date. 

For More Information on maintaining, inspecting, and servicing your AED, speak with one of our friendly experts - give us a call now at 888-541-2337 & We'll make sure that your AED is ready to save a life. 



Consider our AED management programs, AEDMD and AEDMD Plus, both of which take care of your AED readiness checks monthly via a text message sent to you. We will walk you through quick, two minute AED readiness checks. Also, data from each readiness check is stored in our database so that you are covered legally if the need ever arises to prove that you maintain your devices regularly.