While AEDs are easy to use, they require ongoing management and maintenance. AEDs have accessories (batteries and pads) that have expiration dates that must be tracked and addressed prior to expiration.
The majority of malfunctions in AEDs are due to improper maintenance or battery failure. In addition to training volunteers, a well-designed AED Program includes testing and maintaining your device(s) – a critical and overlooked factor in deploying AEDs in organizations.
The most important aspect of any AED program is an active system of controls and maintenance protocols that will continually monitor overall compliance and readiness. Whether you have 1 AED, or are a large organization with multiple AEDs, you should have a management program in place. Taking this step ensures that your AED(s) are always maintained, in compliance, registered with local EMS and are ready for use should they be needed.
There are interactive, web-based AED management systems available that ensure the ongoing compliance of your AED Program. It monitors and tracks routine maintenance inspections, pad expiration, battery expiration and volunteer responder expiration. “Google it” to find a program that works for your organization!