When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, lives depend on having well-maintained AEDs and trained respondents in the workplace.
To achieve this, Facility Managers need to regularly check AED equipment and ensure staff are trained in CPR and AED administration. For the equipment, appraisals should determine if parts only need maintenance, or whether the AED would benefit from newer, more effective upgrades or replacements.
In this blog post, we’ll unpack the latest AED technology and training trends that will ensure your workplace is ready for emergencies.
AED program management
AED administration can be a headache, but for first response to be effective (and covered by your state’s Good Samaritan laws) you’ll need to maintain and manage your AED equipment diligently — even while hoping you never have to use it. Thankfully, AED program management helps you to keep track of all the requirements for owning an AED in your state. It’s a subscription-based investment that will ensure you and your team are protected in terms of liability and remain covered by State and Federal laws.
For example, a subscription to PlusTrac™ means you’ll get industry-leading support that makes it easy to keep your AEDs inspected, your consumables up to date, and your volunteer responders trained and ready. This includes on-site assistance as well as regular updates and reminders on regulation changes or scheduled maintenance.
AED Wi-Fi and remote monitoring
Upgrading AEDs and supplementary emergency equipment does not necessarily mean that workload increases. In fact, by working smart and keeping abreast of industry trends, your workload could decrease dramatically, without having to compromise on team safety or workplace compliance.
Wi-Fi-enabled AED remote monitoring eliminates the need for human technicians and reduces human error, placing reporting, expiration dates and AED status in the hands of cloud connectivity instead. Remote monitoring is particularly meaningful in the COVID-19 era, when physical restrictions are in place to mitigate the risk of infection and to protect staff and visitors.
A great example of leading-edge AED technology at play is in the ZOLL AED 3®. WiFi connectivity on the ZOLL AED 3 enables automatic reporting of device status so you can have peace of mind it will be ready when needed. This intuitive AED device can quickly access and transmit cardiac arrest event data to medical professionals via WiFi as well. It provides real-time feedback to guide rescuers or bystanders as they deliver CPR to sudden cardiac arrest patients.
Comprehensive rescue systems with mobile app support
It’s natural to “freeze up” in the face of a medical emergency when you don’t work in healthcare. A delay in bystander intervention can be costly for a victim of SCA and other medical emergencies as well. Thankfully, mobile training apps give bystanders the support they need to treat victims in emergency situations.
When working in conjunction with a comprehensive rescue system such as the Mobilize Rescue System™, bystanders have all they need to effectively provide care. The rescue system includes a robust set of trauma and medical supplies, while the integrated rescue app provides step-by-step instructions on how to use them to assess and manage medical emergencies while EMS is en route.
The Mobilize Rescue App is an industry-leading example of rescue support technology. Intuitively organized, and designed for ease of use, your team won’t need any training to use it. Simple, interactive prompts of mostly yes-or-no questions, instructions written in layperson’s terms and paired with visual cues support rescuers throughout the process, — consider updating your health and safety protocol to include a rescue system with mobile app support to give lay rescuers the support they need to provide immediate help. Learn more about this system in our blog post, Save Lives In Your Workplace With The Mobilize Rescue System.
How Important Is It To Update Your Workplace AED Equipment?
Well, that depends. The average lifespan of an AED is 10 years. While your existing unit may not have the latest technology (like the Wi-Fi capability in the ZOLL AED 3®), if your AED is reaching the end of its lifespan it’s important to start considering replacement or an upgraded newer device like the ZOLL AED 3 with WiFi connectivity and integrated pediatric rescue capabilities. This will ensure you remain both legally compliant, and give you peace of mind that you can have a working AED in the event of an SCA.
With PlusTrac’s AED management solution these considerations are taken care of — you’ll know what needs to be updated and when, well ahead of time. Contact the PlusTrac™ team to chat about tailored solutions that combine scalable AED program management according to regulations, with customized reporting that keeps your team safe, your workplace compliant, and your workload at a minimum. Contact us to learn more.