If your AED still works, you may be wondering if you need to replace it. We’ve spent some time discussing the life expectancy of AED batteries and pads; however, if your unit is showing its age — or it’s no longer FDA-approved — it’s time for a brand-new AED.
Is Your AED Supported by its Manufacturer?
If you own a Philips FR1 or FR2 or Physio-Control LifePak 500, it’s time to upgrade. These devices are no longer supported by Philips or Physio-Control/Stryker.
We should also note that Physio-Control’s LifePak CR+ and the LifePak Express are no longer being manufactured. This also means that after a few years, these AEDs will no longer be supported by Physio-Control, so you should start planning for your next AED now.
Is Your AED FDA-approved?
If your AED is not FDA-approved, the accessories necessary for your AED may no longer be supported by the manufacturer and will not be available after February 3, 2022. (NOTE: the FDA deadline was originally set for 2021; however, due to the challenges healthcare providers are facing due to the COVID-19, the FDA issued new guidance in October of last year.)
If you or your organization owns an AED, the FDA recommends you:
- Find out if your AED is FDA-approved (see below). Contact the manufacturer of your AED if you are not sure if your AED is FDA-approved.
- Contact the manufacturer of your AED if your AED is not FDA-approved and you have not received a letter about your AED.
- Be aware that if your AED is not FDA-approved, compatible necessary AED accessories may no longer be available to support your AED after February 3, 2022.
- Contact the manufacturer of your AED or AED accessories for information specific to your product.
- Given the importance of these devices in emergencies, the FDA recommends you continue to keep your AED available for use until you receive an FDA- approved AED.
- Report problems with AEDs to the FDA by submitting a voluntary report online at MedWatch.
Note: Cardio Partners is a licensed master distributor for all major AED manufacturers, so you're in good hands.
Do your AED's features meet your needs?
Technology is always evolving and the same goes for AED technology. While the AED you purchased 5+ years ago may have been cutting edge at the time, there are a ton of new helpful features avilable on AEDs today that you may see huge advantages with, to name a few:
- Dual language: Switch between English and Spanish, whichever is most comfortable for the rescuer.
- WIfi connection: Remotely monitor the status of your AED, perfect for locations with more than one AED.
- Water resistance: Ideal for rec centers, camp grounds or other areas that have a risk of water exposure.