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AED Checklist, Storage, and Maintenance Guide

 

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a high-powered, life-saving device that requires ongoing maintenance and care. In today’s blog, we’re discussing our recommendations for proper AED storage and maintenance requirements to ensure it’s always ready for rescue and in compliance.

Proper AED Storage

AEDs are critical pieces of equipment and must be appropriately stored to ensure they are accessible and ready for use in an emergency. To properly store your AED, you must consider the following:  

  • The team knows where it is: In some instances, people have encountered a cardiac emergency where someone called for an AED, but staff could not recall its location. To prevent this, companies should provide AED training to their employees and ensure they know where to find it.
  • Easily accessible: Since AEDs can be costly, many people want to secure them locked in a cabinet. We do not recommend storing it in a locked cabinet if it causes inaccessibility and wastes valuable time during an emergency. 
  • Always within reach: Wherever you store the AED, ensure it’s always clear of obstacles. Whether you’re moving offices, a special event, or other unexpected occurrences, make sure the AED is always easily accessible at a moment’s notice. 

What equipment should you store with an AED?

It’s essential to always keep your AED with installed battery and adult pads, spare pads, and pediatric 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. What if you were to go to turn on your AED during an emergency only to find your battery is dead and can’t deliver a shock? Proper maintenance of an AED requires a combination of inspecting and testing the device regularly to guarantee it’s always ready for rescue. These requirements vary by manufacturer and can be found in your user manual, but we always recommend doing an in-depth inspection monthly using the checklist below. 

AED Checklist

  • Examine the device for signs of damage.
  • Check the AED’s power by turning on and off the machine. 
  • Ensure the status indicator light shows the AED passed its internal self-test and is ready to be used.
  • Check the pads and batteries to make sure they are not expired.
  • Confirm the additional rescue supplies are stocked with the AED, including gloves, razor, and breathing mask.
  • Initial and date your inspection card.

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If your AED maintenance requirements are overwhelming given the magnitude of your organization’s needs or if you’d rather not take on the burden of managing your AEDs from a spreadsheet, myAED.US AED Program Management is here to support you.

Here are some of the features of our state-of-the-art AED program management:

  • 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 the 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.

Visit our AED Program Management page if you want to learn more or get started.


Written by BlaireWritten by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated January 13, 2022