AED Maintenance

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1 min 46 sec

A Guide to Maintaining Your AED

The Importance of Regular AED Checks

In any British workplace, it's paramount to regularly oversee your Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to ascertain its correct functionality. While workplace policies might differ, adhering to the manufacturer's guidelines is essential.

Frequency of Checks

Your workplace policy may stipulate daily, weekly, or monthly checks. Regardless, consistent vigilance ensures the unit's readiness.

Initial Checks: Signs of a Functional AED

For many AED units, a flashing light signals proper operation. Conversely, beeping or other warning sounds might highlight issues such as low batteries.

Conducting a Comprehensive AED Assessment

  • Engage in the unit's self-test. Any detected issues will prompt warnings and notifications.
  • Upon opening the case, ensure all components are present: pads, instructions, and the unit itself.
  • Inspect the pads for intact seals and check their expiry dates.
  • Examine the unit for damages, humidity, or dust. If damp or dusty, reconsider its storage method.
  • Consider heated cabinets to shield AEDs from extreme cold. Ensure the cabinet's heating and lighting functions are intact.
  • To test the AED, activate the start button. A successful initial analysing-cycle, marked by flashing lights and appropriate voice prompts, confirms its operational readiness.

Documentation and Updates

Post-check, it's crucial to duly record your observations. Moreover, if your AED is linked to the 999 network, remember to update your records therein.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit two LO1.5 & 2.4