Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have saved the lives of many people who suffered heart attacks at church. Most of the time, however, they sit idle. It’s important for someone to regularly check your ministry's defibrillators, so they're ready to go when minutes matter.
Let’s say your church has bought an automated external defibrillator (AED) and trained volunteers how to use it. Once installed, this life-saving device could go unused for long periods of time. Does anyone in your ministry check to make sure that it will work when needed?
An AED is a computerized medical device that can deliver an electric shock to restart a person’s heart. It’s designed to allow bystanders to respond to a cardiac emergency.
While easy to use, AEDs contain parts that may need occasional service. It’s important that you designate someone to conduct routine maintenance checks on any AEDs within your ministry. Without someone in charge, this duty may fall into the cracks.
The designated person in your ministry would also likely be the one to:
While specific requirements vary by manufacturer, here are some basic procedures for an inspection that can keep your AED ready to respond in a heartbeat.
Daily: Some units have a status indicator light you can check daily as you walk by the AED. Green indicates readiness; red indicates a problem.
Monthly or Annually:
It may be helpful to complete a checklist during each inspection. This helps you remember to complete each task and provides a record of what maintenance was done. Download our AED Maintenance Checklist and customize according to your AED manufacturer’s recommendations.
Use these resources for more information about AED programs:
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