90-95% of all Sudden Cardiac Arrests are fatal due to a lack of available or effective treatment. The decision to purchase a defibrillator is one that could save lives.
There are many factors to consider when thinking about purchasing a defibrillator, but it's also important to think about the responsibilities that come with owning a defibrillator.
Every defibrillator should have a 'Guardian'. This is someone who is responsible for carrying out regular checks on the device and cabinet if applicable.
A defibrillator guardian ensures the defibrillator remains in a ready to rescue state at all times and acts on any problems to do with the device and its consumables.
Both electrode pads and batteries have expiry dates that vary depending on the make and model of the defibrillator. Pads only need replacing at the end of their shelf life unless they are used prior to this date as they are single-use only. It is the responsibility of the Guardian to be aware of when to order replacements.
At defibshop, we assist defibrillator guardians through our FREE reminder service. Our expiry reminders will alert you that a set of pads or a battery is due to expire. The responsibility to keep track of multiple dates and locations ultimately lies with the defibrillator guardian.
Newer defibrillators, such as the LIFEPAK CR2 and the ZOLL AED 3 include Program Management software that reports on the consumable’s expiry dates and readiness of the device. This is ideal for managing a fleet of defibrillators across multiple sites. We also offer defibcare packages to further assist with the maintenance of multiple defibrillators.
To ensure your defibrillator remains in working condition, there are several checks that should be carried out by the defibrillator guardian on a regular basis.
- Check the defibrillator is inside the cabinet
- Check the status indicator on the defibrillator is displaying green and/or a tick
- Check the consumables and that the pads are in date (if the expiration is approaching, place an order for a new set of pads)
- If applicable, remember to check spare sets and paediatric pad dates too
- Check the items in your Rescue Kit are present (razor, face mask etc.)
- Check the battery is okay
- If the defibrillator is stored in a cabinet, the keypad lock or hinges may need spraying with WD40 or similar
After Use of Defibrillator
- Recover the defibrillator to ensure it can be found again in its usual place
- Reorder electrode pads
- Reorder a rescue kit if necessary
Maintaining your defibrillator is just as important as owning one, to ensure the device is able to provide effective treatment in a cardiac emergency.
defibshop are committed to equipping everyone with the skills and knowledge to save a life. Speak to one of our Product Specialists on 0161 776 7422 or fill out our Contact Form.