Does an AED Require Maintenance?

Automated External Defibrillator - AED

Yes. Your AED requires some maintenance, because it needs to be operational at all times.

You can never tell when an emergency can happen and there is no time to fix an AED that is not working for some reason.

A broken AED can mean that a person from your workplace will not get the chance to survive until the arrival of an ambulance.

That is why your AED should be maintained regularly. If you are not sure if you can maintain regular servicing, leave that to Alsco New Zealand. We rent AEDs that are perfect for a workplace.

Moreover, you don’t have to worry about their maintenance.

In your monthly fee, the servicing, maintenance and all regular checkups are included. You just call us and we set it all up. Get Alsco NZ to provide you with fully functional AEDs at all times.

Does AED Expire?

The device itself does not expire. Just like any other electrical device, it can go on for decades, or it can stop functioning suddenly. However, since the fully operational AED is of vital importance, it is regularly checked. There is no time for such nasty surprises in the time of emergency.

From the moment a person had a cardiac arrest, to the moment the AED shocks them into normal function, there should be no more than 3 minutes. The sooner the better. Therefore, if your AED is not functional for any reason, there will be no time to find another one. That is the time that you don’t have a luxury of losing.

Do AEDs Need to Be Inspected?

Yes. For all the reasons listed above, the AEDs need to be inspected. This is done so that you are sure that the AED device is operational and all the wearable parts are functional and at their best. The inspection should be done every month.

If you rent your AED from Alsco, this is all included in your monthly price. A professional will come at an agreed time and inspect all AEDs in your workplace. That is the best way to be sure that they will not give up when they are the most needed.

How Often Do AED Pads Need to Be Replaced?

It is expected that your AED pads will need to be replaced every 18 to 30 months. Usually, there is an expiry date on your pads, so you need to make sure that they are replaced before that date.

The main reason why the pads need to be replaced is that they use gel as an adhesive. During the CPR and the AED use, the gel is used for the AED pads to stick to the patient’s body. Especially during the CPR, it can happen that the pads peel off if the adhesive is not good enough.

That can be catastrophic, because the pads need to be positioned during the CPR so that the AED can determine whether a new shock is needed or not.

If the pads stay for too long, the adhesive gel dries off. When dried off, it cannot perform its function and needs to be replaced.

How Long Do Defibrillator Batteries Last?

The batteries in your defibrillator usually last anywhere from 2 to 5 years. However, this can depend on the manufacturer. To be absolutely sure if they are still operational, you should check the batteries and see their expiration date.

There are researches in the USA that claim that one out of four deaths in which the AED was used was caused by the empty batteries. That is a horrible statistic and it should be prevented.

How High Should an AED Be Mounted?

Your AED should be mounted on the wall, so that the handle that is used to grab it is not lower than 40 cm and is not higher than 120 cm. This may sound like a highly specific requirement, but the idea behind it is the fact that this is the range within which a person in a wheelchair can reach the AED.

It is essential that the AED is put to use as soon as possible, so it needs to be positioned in a way that facilitates its retrieval. This means nothing should be blocking it and it should not be behind plants and similar decorations. It also needs to have a bit sign pointing to it.

When the emergency occurs, people get flustered and they cannot remember simple things like where the AED is. They need to see a big sign.

Do You Need Training to Use Defibrillator?

No. There are some trainings available that will teach you all about the first aid and the CPR, as well as how to operate the AED. That is very useful and if there is any chance, offer that course to all the employees.

However, even if there is nobody in your workplace who has this training, the AEDs are very self explanatory.

You just need to open it, press the button and it will tell you what to do. You will get short and direct audio instructions about what to do. It is all about placing the pads on the person and allowing the AED to administer the shock if necessary. If it isn’t the AED will signal that and prompt you to continue doing CPR.

What Is the Average Cost of an AED?

The average AED costs between $2,500 to $3,000. That is the price of the new device. Remember that you need to replace the pads regularly and they don’t cost less than $80. The waterproof wall box for your AED costs around $1,000. These costs add up to a significant amount within a year.

Not to mention the time it takes to replace all these details and to remember to do it.

That is why it is a much better option to rent the AEDs for a monthly fee. This means that all that fuss about batteries, pads and installation won’t have anything to do with you.

Alsco NZ includes all that maintenance in the price you agree on. Call us today and rent your workplace AED.

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