Tracking & Maintenance
Most modern AEDs do not require frequent routine maintenance. Care requirements can vary significantly from model to model, so be sure to familiarize yourself with
the manufacturer's recommendations for the AED that you own, or intend to own.
Pads & Batteries
Fortunately, most AEDs found in AED programs are not frequently used. Typically,
an AED that is not regularly used will require replacement of its batteries
and pads every few years. Defibrillator pads contain a water based
gel that will dry out over time, and render the pads unusable. Most pads have expiration
dates indicated on them.
Most AEDs employ some degree of self-testing to regularly check the AED and detect
common problems, such as a low battery.
The AED may notify you to a problem with
either audible or visual indicators.
It is essential that items such as pads and batteries are kept current to ensure
that the AED is ready for use. Some method of tracking the location of AEDs, the
accessories with them, and the expiration of pads and batteries is essential. This
may be accomplished in conjunction with a Medical Oversight program.
Although most AEDs do not require much routine maintenance, a schedule of routine
inspections should be conducted to ensure that the AED is present, in working order,
pads and batteries are unexpired, and all accessories are present. Recommendations
for inspection intervals vary by AED and by type of organization, but many AED programs
inspect equipment on a monthly basis.