March 14, 2022
With the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest being below 10%, we know the importance of having AEDs in all places where we live, work and play. It is important to remember that having a maintenance plan in place to ensure all AEDs are ready to help save a life is equally important.
There are a few reasons why it is important to check your AEDs:
When an AED is deployed during an emergency, it is crucial the AED is ready to be used. It would be a terrible scenario if an AED was on site to save a life, but not ready to be used.
By performing regular maintenance checks on the AED, it allows you to contact the manufacturer if there is anything you have questions about.
Although every state has Good Samaritan Laws that protect the user and the owner if the AED is used, many of those laws include that the AED must be maintained per manufacturer guidelines.
Someone should be responsible for performing AED maintenance checks at least monthly and these checks should be logged. Here are some things to look for when doing an AED Maintenance check:
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