An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a high-powered, life-saving device that requires ongoing maintenance and care. In this guide, we’ll discuss our recommendations for proper AED storage and maintenance requirements to ensure it’s always ready for rescue and in compliance. Keep reading to learn more and see our six-step AED checklist.
Proper AED Storage
AEDs are critical pieces of equipment and must be appropriately stored to ensure they are accessible and ready for use in the event of an emergency. We recommend the following when choosing where to place an AED:
- Staff Know the Location: In some instances, people have encountered a cardiac emergency where someone called for an AED, but staff could not recall where it was placed. To prevent this, companies should provide AED training to their employees and ensure they know where to find it.
- Locked vs. Unlocked: Since AEDs can be expensive, many people secure them in a locked cabinet. If this is the route you choose, make sure someone with a key is always on-hand to unlock it. Otherwise, avoid locking it away to ensure faster response times during an emergency.
- Accessibility is Key: Wherever you store the AED, ensure there is always a clear path to access it.
What Equipment Should You Keep with an AED?
It’s essential to always keep your AED with an installed battery, plus a set of adult AED pads, spare pads, and pediatric AED pads. We also recommend pairing a rescue kit with your AED that includes scissors to cut a patient’s shirt, a razor to shave a patient’s chest, latex gloves for protection, and a mouthpiece for CPR.
AED Maintenance Requirements
Even if an AED is accessible, it’s useless if it isn’t well maintained. The last thing anyone wants is to grab an AED during an emergency only to find that the batteries have died. Proper maintenance requires a combination of AED inspection and regular testing to guarantee it’s always ready for rescue. But how often should an AED be inspected? The requirements vary by manufacturer and can be found in your user manual, but we recommend doing an in-depth inspection monthly using the checklist below.
Six-Step AED Checklist
- Examine the device for signs of damage.
- Check the AED’s power by turning it on and off.
- Ensure the status indicator light shows the AED passed its internal self-test and is ready to be used.
- Check the date on pads and batteries to make sure they are not expired.
- Confirm that additional rescue supplies are stocked with the AED, including gloves, a razor, and a breathing mask.
- Initial and date your AED inspection card.
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- Receive compliance information for every state in which your organization operates.
- Receive automated email reminders about visual inspections and expiration dates.
- Order supplies directly from a link within the notification emails that you will receive 60 and 30 days before expiration.
- Manage your AEDs on a mobile device with our app.
- Store data on inspections electronically.
- EMS registration.
- Medical direction and Physician’s review of events.
- Receive a loaner AED if needed.
- Gain access to our Resource Center with training materials, video tutorials, and user manuals.
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Last updated January 31, 2022