Physically monitoring automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is a time-consuming endeavor for businesses. When checking the defibrillators, batteries and electrode pads, there are several steps that you must take to ensure your AED and its components are in good working order.
Because of the work required, and the number of AEDs involved, the inspection of AEDs often gets overlooked in many workplaces. This may lead to not having a functioning AED when most needed in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency—which, in turn, may lead to an increase in sudden cardiac arrest and raise the issue of potential liability for your company.
Ongoing AED inspection is critical to ensuring your facility can respond swiftly to emergency situations. These days, virtual, tech-based inspection alternatives can benefit your company and help provide peace-of-mind. Let’s review how advancements in technology enable businesses to benefit from remote AED maintenance and inspection.
The Benefits of Ongoing AED Maintenance
It is imperative that every AED is routinely checked and maintained to assure proper operation when needed. It is hoped that the need will never arise and that your AEDs will sit unused for years on end, but if, and when, you are faced with a cardiac emergency, your AED needs to be ready.
Proactive AED maintenance makes it easier for businesses to minimize any potential liability. In fact, most state laws require that AED equipment is maintained according to manufacturer specifications. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your equipment is routinely examined by qualified professionals. Regular checks should include making sure pads and batteries have not expired. Click here for a summary of what to check to make sure your AED is properly functioning.
Ongoing, routine maintenance can help keep repair costs down by proactively addressing any potential malfunctions. This not only saves your business money in the short-term, but it can also extend the life of your equipment, which benefits you over time. Ultimately, maintenance provides peace of mind that your equipment is “rescue ready” in the event of an emergency.
Ensure Compliance, Improve Safety
Digital technology is changing how AEDs are monitored. AED remote monitoring allows for remote inspection and maintenance through Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity which can drive more efficiency and streamline processes. For example, the ZOLL AED 3 cloud connectivity can enable automatic reporting of device status and provides the ability to quickly transmit cardiac arrest event data to medical professionals. Remote monitoring can also help save your organization the time it takes to manually perform inspections by making sure your AED is in compliance, knowing if batteries are about to expire, and more.
Ensuring regulatory compliance and ongoing AED management shouldn’t be intimidating. That’s why the PlusTrac™ AED program management is designed to simplify the entire AED management process through its interactive, web-based technology. These digital tools provide updates about FDA and manufacturer recalls, important email reminders, ongoing customer support, and tracking of training and certifications.
In addition to AED program management, businesses can also benefit from service and education components. From inspections to tech support, PlusCare™ makes service and maintenance easy so you and your team can rest easy knowing your devices are ready when needed. With PlusLearning™ you can coordinate AED/CPR/First Aid class schedules and certifications for your staff so that your training needs are met. Finally, the CheckAED mobile app helps facilitate AED inspections on the spot and sends alerts and notifications on devices. Together, all of these components work together with AED remote monitoring so you can be prepared and maintain compliance.
The PlusTrac™ AED management program covers all the bases of your program management needs. Not only is PlusTrac™ the leader in AED program management, we basically invented the term. Our complete Rescue Ready® Services offering of program management software, service and maintenance and training will help ensure that your AEDs are in rescue ready shape should they need to be used. For more information about it click here as well.
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