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So, you’re thinking about getting an AED. Maybe it’s for the pool, the gym, the office, or your house. Whatever the destination, there are a few things that you need to know before you buy.

Planning Ahead

  1. Where will the AED be stored? Is it to be locked? Alarmed? Will it be in an office? Will it be available in a public space?
  2. Who will have access to the AED? Everyone? Staff only?
  3. Who will be trained to use it? See the section below on training
  4. Who will be trained and responsible to maintain it? See the section below on maintenance.

Training For Use

CSRE offers several options from the American Heart Association and the Health and Safety Institute for CPR/AED use. Providing high-quality CPR and proper use of an AED are the cornerstones of successful resuscitation.

Check the CSRE class calendar and registration pages for CPR/AED training classes offered throughout the month. For specific information on American Heart Association training, check out our Heartsaver® classes.

Training For Maintenance

There are a few things you should know about any AED and may want to research prior to purchasing a particular unit.

  1. The pads will expire. The defibrillation pads are “finite storage” items, which are shipped with an expiration date. After this date, the adhesive or gel may be degraded and the pads may no longer be effective.
  2. The battery will drain. The AED battery has a finite life as well, and should be checked at least weekly. Most AEDs have a battery monitor or indicator that will quickly and easily tell you if the battery needs service.

General Tips

The American Heart Association offers helpful information in their article about “implementing” an AED.

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