How To Check An AED!
With all of today's advances in technology, automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
are now widely available, safe, portable, and easy to use. They provide the
critical and necessary treatment required for an SCA.
But in order for an AED to save a life, it must be working properly. Here are
answers to some common questions about checking your AED.
How Often Do You Need to Check Your AED?
· Manufacturer's recommendations may vary based on what type of equipment you have and where you are located
· Most devices are set to do a “SELF TEST” on a daily, weekly or monthly basis andwill alert you through an audible and/or visual prompt
· The industry standard is to routinely inspect these devices once a month to ensure the status indicator window is displaying a Pass or Fail symbol (green check,
How to Check The Defibrillator
· Basic inspections include a quick glance at the readiness indicator located on the front of the device. Additional items may include but are not limited to, reviewing the expiration date of the electrode pads and batteries, examining the wires for any fraying or lose connections, testing alarmed cabinets or verifying the contents of the rescue ready kit.
How to Check Your AED’s Batteries
· All batteries should have either an "Install By" or "Expiration" date clearly marked on the outside of the battery itself. Based on your particular device, the installed life of the battery can range from 1 to 5 years. Additionally, you can force your AED to perform a self-test which will check the level of the battery and alert you when it is low. Unfortunately, self-tests consume battery life so it is best to always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when verifying the battery status.
How To Check Your AED’s Pads
· Electrode pads will always have an "Expiration" date or "Use By" date indicated on the packaging. You should not attempt to use/reuse opened pads because they can become compromised once opened. Electrode pads can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years.
Tools You Can Use To Check Your AED
· Fortunately, there are AED management solutions to help make these inspections easy. Trackmyaed™ offers convenient tools to provide digital records and accountability to ensure AED readiness and compliance. Partnering with Trackmyaed™ will help you ensure that your AED is up to date and working, and always Rescue Ready.