Once you buy AED, you need to take good care of it. Here are the important steps that you need to take:
- Check batteries and pads
Once you buy AED, you need to note when the pads and the batteries are expiring. Write this down and put a reminder to help you remember when you need to change them.
It would also be best of you can order the batteries and pads well in advance of their expiration dates.
The lifespan of a battery is normally 2-7 years. This largely depends on the model of the device that you have and who the manufacturer is.
The pads should be good for 2-5 years. Normally a gel is applied on the pads to help them stick on the skin when the device is being used. But once the pads expire, the gel will not be sticky enough to adhere well to the skin, therefore making the device less effective
- Carry out regular maintenance
You need to assess the physical condition of your AED defibrillator at least once every two or three months.
Physically inspect the device to check if there are any cracks or breakages.
- Check the status/service light
This will let you know whether the device is in good working condition or not. If it is not in good condition, then you can take the right corrective measure.
- Safe installation
Install your AED defibrillator in a safe place so that it cannot be easily damaged by external elements. In addition, you should install the device in an area that even someone who is wheelchair-bound can easily access in case of an emergency.
In addition, ensure that the device is not stored at a temperature that is below 0 degrees. This is unless the manufacturer specifically states that it is okay to do so.
- Use it properly
Handle the device carefully. It is also important that you use it as required to minimize chances of damaging it.
That is why it is important that you are trained on how to use the device. This will make you more aware about how to handle the device and take good care of it.
- Get regular maintenance
It is important that one specific person gets assigned the job of maintaining the device. This is to ensure that there are no problems with the device. The person should carry out routine maintenance and checks on the device.