Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), save lives. Strategic placement of AEDs in your facility offers everyone at your location a life-saving opportunity. While the benefits are clear and simple, the understanding of how to set up and maintain your AED system gets a bit more complicated.
One way to simplify this process is to register your AED. A registry helps first responders understand where AED's are located in your facility, that your devices are in working order, and that you have trained staff on site to perform life-saving care. The administration of emergency AED care saves lives during those precious minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), but the benefits don't stop there.
Registration Protects Staff, Students, and Visitors
The benefits of registration are numerous. Simply signing up with your local state or county agency does not put you on a national, freely accessible, cloud-based registry. That is why you'll want to understand more about registering with the National AED Registry. Free benefits of the national registry include:
- Online management tools to track AED location and maintenance
- AED battery and electrode date reminders to track expirations and replacements
- Education and awareness materials for training on AEDs and their use in cases of sudden cardiac arrest
- The ability to participate in available AED Link systems
The national registry is a great start, but you can take this a step further to maintain worry-free AED maintenance, training, and compliance with PlusTrac™ AED Management.
Do I Need To Register My AED By Law?
Some, but not all states require the registration of AEDs. Most states have operational requirements, and a large number of states have medical direction requirements as well. Only 6 states have no requirements for compliance and registration. Failure to comply with required regulations can leave your organization open to civil, and possibly criminal liability.
Medical direction refers to policies and procedures that include the requirement for physician oversight, training, where to go and what to do when cardiac arrest occurs and can include information such as the nearest exit with easy gurney access and emergency vehicle parking, or the protocol for which hospital to contact. Operational direction refers more to the physical use of your AED. Does your state regulate the locations where AEDs must be placed, such as near phones or entries, or in locked cabinets as well as proper signage and staff training?
Good Samaritan laws vary from state to state particularly with regard as to who can administer a life-saving AED shock and registration requirements with local EMS facilities.
PlusTrac™ AED Program Management
PlusTrac™ offers a comprehensive solution, with benefits that go far beyond the legal requirement. Reduce stress on your facility staff and resources with professional assistance to set up and track your AED program, ensuring compliance with various state AED regulations. You don't want to be left in the dark when an AED malfunctions at a critical moment, so call in some backup to ensure your facility safety.
Cover all the basics with the National AED Registry and PlusTrac™ AED Program Management, offering web-based support to monitor alerts and notifications, send email reminders for maintenance, and verify the medical authorization you need. If you prefer increased support, explore PlusTrac™ Professional for event post-mortems, 24/7 support, agency notifications, and even virtual site assessments.
PlusTrac™ offers a 60-day free trial including alerts, notifications, and a rescue-ready dashboard for tracking and reporting data. Try PlusTrac™ today!