You have made the important and potentially life-saving decision to buy an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for your organisation and have placed it in a suitable, accessible location. You have also ensured there are adequately trained responders, ready to provide CPR and use the AED should somebody in your organisation suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Job done, right? Wrong!

  Although AED’s require very little maintenance, it is vital to ensure they are checked regularly. This will ensure that any self-tests have been passed, the battery and pads are in good condition and that any consumables required are in place. The best method of doing this is design a checklist and use this every week to ensure a methodical inspection of your defibrillator. Some important questions to cover during inspection are:
  1. Is the location of the AED still considered suitable?
  2. Is the status indicator OK (Green flashing light, an ‘OK’ symbol or similar) This ensures self-tests have been passed.
  3. Is the battery past its expiry date?
  4. Have the pads/ electrodes past their expiry date?
  5. Is the packaging containing the pads intact?
  6. Are there spare pads available?
  7. Is there paediatric pads or key available (if required)?
  8. Are cables, screens, exterior casing in good condition?
  9. Are consumables (CPR mask, scissors, razor) in place?
  10. Are there adequately trained responders available?
  It is a good idea to designate somebody to check the AED at the same time every week and to sign and date the checklist when done. Contact Us Today if you have any queries AED Checklist