Most parents do all they can to keep their families safe provide healthy meals, install smoke detectors, and visit the physician as needed. Some families even purchase a home defibrillator to prepare for an emergency such as cardiac arrest. For those families who have purchased a home defibrillator, the work doesnt stop there. The defibrillators batteries and equipment need to be reexamined at varying levels annual, monthly and even daily to ensure peak performance. By doing so, you can be assured your emergency medical equipment is performing properly and your automated external defibrillators battery is charged and ready to use. In addition to partnering with your local emergency service personnel as well as the provider of your in-home safety equipment to develop a custom plan, these tips can help you ensure your tools and your familys safety program are performing at peak levels.
Annual Maintenance Tips
In addition to ongoing safety communication and drills to keep your family prepared for an emergency, each year you should take a detailed look at your equipment to ensure everything is powered and working properly. Please consult with your fire department or emergency medical service for a customized plan as well as your safety medical equipment provider to get tips on your specific brand of life-saving tools. For example, users of LIFEPAK Automated External Defibrillators would follow these simple steps:
LIFEPAK Annual Maintenance
1.Open the AED lid
2.Close the lid
3.Confirm that the AED battery is powered and the STATUS INDICATOR states OK
4.Make sure the expiration date is visible through the clear window of the lid
5.Check to make sure that the STATUS INDICATOR states OK
6.Open the lid and confirm that no diagnostics indicators are lit
7.Check the expiration dates of the pads; if expired, replace them
8.Check the electrodes packaging integrity
9.Close the lid
10.Examine the molded case of the heart defibrillator for any visible signs of stress
On a monthly basis, families should continue to check the AED battery and safety equipment. Again, please refer to your communitys emergency professionals for specific tips for your family as well as tips from your safety equipment provider for details on your specific brand of life-saving equipment. For example, families using Philips HeartStart OnSite Automated External Defibrillators would follow these steps monthly:
Philips HeartStart Monthly Maintenance
1.Open Carry Case
2.Ensure the status indicator is blinking green
3.Remove AED from Case
4.Check expiration dates on pads
5.Check expiration date on battery
6.Place AED back in case and zip closed
In addition to the aforementioned annual and monthly maintenance steps, you should ensure your equipment is ready each day. For example, it should be evident that your AED battery is charged (often represented by a green Status Indicator light) and that the unit is easily accessible.
If you follow these suggestions and partner with your communitys emergency service personnel as well as the provider of your familys safety equipment, you can be confident that in the event of an emergency, you will always be prepared.
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