Essential Guide to AED Maintenance and Monitoring
Ensuring the proper functioning of your AED is crucial. While workplace policies might differ regarding the frequency and methods of checking the AED, always adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Frequency of AED Checks
Based on organisational policies, AEDs might require daily, weekly, or monthly checks. Regardless of the frequency, the initial checks are typically simple and straightforward.
Indicators of AED Functioning
Most AED units are equipped with a flashing light, signalling correct functionality. However, warning sounds or beeping noises might suggest issues with the device or indicate depleting battery levels.
Steps for Comprehensive AED Check
- Self-test: AEDs periodically conduct self-tests. Any detected issues will trigger warning signals and notifications.
- Physical Inspection: Open the AED case to ensure all components, such as pads and instructions, are present. Ensure pad seals remain intact and examine the expiry dates of both the pads and batteries.
- Examine the Unit: Inspect for visible damages, humidity, or dust. If the device appears damp or dusty, reconsider its storage method.
- Storage Solutions: Heated cabinets can shield AEDs from extreme cold. Ensure the heating function and any fitted lights operate correctly.
- Operational Test: After a visual inspection, replace the AED in its case. To evaluate its operational readiness, press the start button, initiating the analysing cycle. Successful light flashes and appropriate voice prompts indicate the device’s readiness.
Documentation and Updates
Always record your AED inspection results. If your AED is linked to the 999 network, ensure timely updates in the relevant login area.
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