Defibrillators: Are Yours Ready and Set?
By Gracie Hogue
We all work from day to day without thinking of the possibilities of a dire emergency happening. But in the offhand chance that someone needs to be revived, is your AED ready?
Imagine this scenario: a patient suddenly needs a defibrillator. The team gets it and brings it to the patient, and it’s covered in a thin layer of dust. The team tries to use it. It is not in working order, and the patient is lost.
The AED monthly checklist is a great way to make sure that your AED is ready to rock and roll if an emergency arises. A checklist can be made easily with these items:
- Visual check of device - no visual damage or missing parts
- Battery check
- Pads are in-date and sealed
- Spare pads are in-date and sealed
- Accessory equipment present and in-date (towel, razor, scissors, gloves, paperwork)
- Storage cabinet secure
- Checklist signed/initialed
Making a monthly check on the condition of your AED is a great way to ensure that if it is needed, it can save a life.