Category Archives: AED Program Management

Is Your AED Being Mismanaged?

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At least 1000 defibrillators in Ireland (10% of the country’s AEDs deployed in public places) urgently need to complete an important software update throughout hotels, sports venues and other businesses according to a recent article in the IrishTimes. The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is urging all owners of automated external to defibrillators (AEDs) to check the status of every device to ensure readiness in case of emergency. Non-efficient AED maintenance in Ireland is likely to be similar in the United States as well.
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Replacing A Not So Life-Saving AED

Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.
Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.

When was the last time the Automated External Defibrillator in your school or office was checked for expired electrodes or battery? If the AED unit is older than 10 years, it may be time to trade-in your old unit for a device you can be sure will perform properly when needed. 7th grader Nate Wick of Sioux Falls is thankful that the school AED his basketball coaches used on him had been up to date to deliver the shock that saved his life. Continue reading Replacing A Not So Life-Saving AED

What Is Involved In Maintaining An AED?

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AEDs, while easy to use, require ongoing management and maintenance. The majority of malfunctions in AEDs are due to improper maintenance or battery failure. In addition to training volunteers, a well-designed AED Program includes testing and maintaining your device(s) – a critical and overlooked factor in deploying AEDs in organizations. Whether you have 1 AED, or are a large organization with multiple AEDs deployed, you should have a Medical Oversight and Management program in place. Taking this step ensures that your AED(s) are always maintained, in compliance, registered with local EMS, and are ready for use should they be called upon. Continue reading What Is Involved In Maintaining An AED?