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How often should a defibrillator (AED) be checked?

How often should a defibrillator (AED) be checked?

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that is used on people who have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. They work by scanning the heart and determining whether a shock is needed. If a shock is needed the AED will deliver one automatically, in turn helping the heart return to it’s normal rhythm.

AED’s can be found in public spaces, supermarkets, sports facilities, schools, offices, warehouses and more. Depending on where they are located depends on how they are stored. There are a range of internal and external cases available which have different IP ratings that mean they can withstand different levels of water and dust corrosion.

As defibrillators are such life saving tools, it’s really important to ensure they are looked after properly. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival reduce drastically with every minute that passes. With this, if you are fortunate enough to have a defibrillator close by, it’s really important to ensure you know that it is going to work.

Carrying out regular inspections of your AED means that you always have peace of mind when thinking about when you may need to use it. Although the majority of defibrillators carry out daily self checks to ensure everything is in order, it is still good practice to conduct weekly checks on your defibrillator yourself.

Weekly AED inspection records are a really good way of ensuring checks are always carried out on your defibrillator. If you have one located in your workplace it may be a good idea to have this task given to somebody so that it is their weekly responsibility and so you know that it will always be checked.

Questions that are often asked on defibrillator inspection records include where it is located, the condition of it (whether it is free from contaminants such as dirt), checking it is on standby mode, ensuring the spare electrode pads sealed and in date and that there are accessories present such as face towel, razor and disposable gloves for example.

Ensuring you check your AED once a week is a really quick and simple task to carry out but, rest assured should you need to use it, you know everything is in order.

If you'd like to download our AED Weekly Inspection Record PDF click here.

11th Jan 2021 Christopher Maltby CW

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