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Why AED Management?
Consider these aspects of AED Management:
AEDs are simple, easy-to-use devices that just about anyone can use, yet maintaining a company, campus or community as a long-term ready AED (pre-EMS) system is complex.
“Survival from cardiac arrest depends on the reliable operation of AEDs,” said Dr. Lawrence DeLuca, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “AEDs can truly be lifesavers, but only if they are in good working order and people are willing to use them,” said DeLuca, who had a personal experience with batteries failing on a device when he was trying to revive a fellow guest at a resort in 2008. “It took nine minutes to retrieve a second AED, which did work. The patient was not revived.” (Portable Defibrillators Need Regular Maintenance to Prevent Fail Scripps Health and Science writer Lee Bowman, 8/22/2013.)
Your team is busy doing what they do best every day. While it seems easy to start an AED program, it is also easy to forget about the critical components that must be maintained in a ready state:
AED status indicators need to be checked (no less than once a month).
AED pads expire (sometimes as soon as 18-24 months after purchase).
AED batteries must be in date and a back-up set of batteries is recommended.
Your team must be certified in CPR/AED training (expires every 24 months).
Are there enough personnel trained to cover all hours of operation including vacation and holidays?
Are all of your trained team members oriented on the specific AED device type that you have installed?
Have they practiced a Sudden Cardiac Arrest scenario this year utilizing the same type AED training unit as installed?
Have you had key AED coordinating personnel changes at any of your locations this year?
Are you certain that the AED program is being monitored and maintained at each of your locations?
Do all of your employees and patrons know where your AEDs are located and what location is nearest to them?
Are all of your devices updated to the latest AHA science guidelines?
Are any of your AED devices under an FDA recall?
These are just some of the many moving pieces to the management of your AED program’s system of readiness. Unless you have an in-house system of readiness with multiple levels of verification, there is no need to guess or just think that your program is ready—let Premedics sync you ready.