On a recent work trip, we met with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) manager who was simply overwhelmed. Constantly bombarded by questions, organizing spreadsheets to ensure all AEDs are up to date and parts are properly maintained, in a neighborhood that continues to grow. A property manager with multiple different job priorities across a diverse neighborhood, the stress of complying with Florida laws was just too much.
We know that AEDs save lives, but that this effectiveness is maximized if the devices are managed properly, in facilities that have staff trained to do so. A broken AED on a wall or a hidden device that can't be located just doesn't help. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding of just how easy it is to get a useful set of AEDs in your facility can halt the successful implementation of this emergency care. The stressed-out facility manager helped PlusTrac identify specific misconceptions about AED use and how to solve these misunderstandings.
Automated AED Management Makes Inspections Easier
Don't get bogged down in spreadsheets, or manually notation of your facility installations. This manager wasn’t aware that there are services and mobile apps to increase the efficiency of AED management and provide professional support. For example, the CheckAED mobile app uses QR codes to scan each device for regular inspections without needing to run back to your desk or take notes that require later data entry. It's all too much for one person to do on their own, especially filling out simple spreadsheets.
Professional Training and Support Can Provide Clarity
It's a common myth that AEDs are hard to use and that the instructions are complicated. Instead of modern AEDs will actually walk an emergency responder through the defibrillation process. There is professional training for staff use with these devices, and PlusTrac offers 24/7 support for any questions that may come up.
Experienced Guidance Can Help You Find Optimal AED Locations
The facility manager wasn't entirely clear on where the AEDs should be placed - should it be at the pool, rec center, or golf course? If the area is primarily outdoors like a golf course does it count as a facility? The PlusTrac law library can help provide fast and simple guidance as to device placement.
An Easy, Comprehensive Law Library To Keep You Informed
Our litigious society has created concerns for both users and managers of AEDs, wondering if they might hurt someone or respond incorrectly to a cardiac incident. AED laws vary by state and can be the source of confusion or hesitation. Mistakes can easily be minimized by implementing solid use protocols and employee training, instead of decreasing liabilities issues for your facility by providing lifesaving care. In addition, there are many Good Samaritan laws that also offer protection.
AEDs Can Make Emergency Response Smoother
Another concern this facility manager had was based on a common myth -- that emergency responders do not show up as fast to a facility with AEDs. Emergency responders do not delay service to cardiac events or any other life-threatening emergency. These responders can, however, provider faster life-saving assistance by understanding how a registered AED may be used to stabilize patients while the ambulance arrives.
Fortunately, PlusTrac was there to help get this community manager organized. The professional staff helped him learn about AED management programs and how to help streamline the AEDs inspection and management across the community. Download our AED facility guide or subscribe to our blog so that you don't end up overwhelmed too. PlusTrac is here to help.