Sudden cardiac arrest takes the lives of approximately 366,807 people each year. Immediate bystander CPR and the quick use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can greatly increase the chances of survival. It is crucial for AEDs to be in all places where we live, work, and play. Just acquiring an AED is not enough. Providing the proper maintenance on the AED and having a plan in place to ensure the AED is ready to be used in an emergency is crucial. The defibrillator battery and pads on an AED do expire and it is important to replace them at the correct times so there is no lapse in the AED being ready for use. The Defibtech Lifeline AED has two long life batteries that are available. One is a 5-year battery pack that will deliver 125 shocks or work continuously for 8 hours. The other is a 7-year battery that will deliver 300 shocks or work continuously for 16 hours. The Defibtech Lifeline VIEW AED has a 4-year battery pack that will deliver 125 shocks or work continuously for 8 hours. Defibtech adult and pediatric pads expire after 2-years, even if they are not used. If the pads are used, they must be replaced immediately. It is important that at least one person is in charge of maintaining the AEDs within a school, business, or other organization. This person should provide monthly checks. When checking your AED, here are some things you should look for: • Is the readiness indicator on your AED flashing green? • Does the AED appear to be undamaged and ready for use? • Is the AED free of chirping and warning notifications? •Are the AED supplies (CPR/AED rescue kit and electrode pads) available and within their usable dates? If you answer “no” to any of these questions when checking your AED, you should service your AED right away! Using a program management system is another great way to maintain your AED. Defibtech offersDefibtechMD, which provides a best-in-class Customer Service team who is ready to help you get the most out of your AED. Remember, although it is crucial to have AEDs where we live, work, and play, it is equally as important to make sure the AED is ready to be used to help save a life! To learn more about Defibtech and to join us on our quest to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest, visitwww.Defibtech.com.