Do Defibrillators

Need Servicing?

A defibrillator or Automated External Defibrillator (AED), is an essential life saving device for any workplace or club, having an AED on hand can increase the chance of survival in a serious incident or Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by up to 80%. 

To help you ensure your defibrillator is always ready to work as it should, the team at First Aid Accident & Emergency (FAAE) has created a helpful guide on correct defibrillator maintenance and servicing, this easy to follow checklist is an inclusion with every FAAE defibrillator package:

Defibrillator Self Checks:

All of the FAAE defibrillators are therapeutic goods administration (TGA) approved devices and specifically designed to be able to operate without a great deal of upkeep or regular maintenance. Our Defibrillator Range  from Stryker will perform an internal self-check to identify any problems that may need to be addressed. If an issue is identified, the defibrillator will alert the user with a beeping sound so it can be serviced by us immediately.

Depending on the make and model of defibrillator, the self-checks will be carried out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Although most modern defibrillators perform these self-checks, it’s still recommended that you perform your own regular inspections to ensure the defibrillator is ready to go.

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Inspecting your defibrillator will only take a few minutes and it will provide you with the reassurance that you’ll always be prepared for a medical emergency.

There have been several instances of late where a defibrillator has been deployed and the device is flat! Our head trainers and defibrillator technicians always check the AED’s when onsite and report cases where the AED has expired pads or batteries, missing prep kits or simply locked in a cupboard and not reasonably accessible.

As part of the first aid act in Australia, you must ensure your AED is in good working order and reasonably accessible for everyone in the workplace.

As part of our industry defibrillator package, you will receive a monthly checklist from our team and this will guide you through your defibrillator check list, this will ensure you cover your obligations, some of the checklist items we provide are:

  • Checking the electrode pads and battery for expiry dates
  • Checking the AED is still showing the correct indicator light or display for use
  • Checking defibrillator case and accessories including the patient prep pack for razor, sheers and face shield
  • Checking the wall or hard case cabinet to ensure its accessible an in working order 

Replacing Defibrillator Pads and Batteries:

The most common cause of a defibrillator failing is usually because of a flat or expired battery. Defibrillator batteries are not rechargeable and once these batteries expire, they must be replaced. All Defibrillators will require a battery and Pad replacement every 2-5 years.

As part of our five star service, FAAE offers 8 year warranty and after service service on all of our defibrillators, once you purchase a defibrillator from us, our team will set you up in our system and automatically remind you of the pad and battery expiration date for your device.

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – medical team, rated our defibrillators, delivery and service 5 STARS.

Our 100% Australian defibrillator experts will follow up expiry and replacement pads with your company in a personal and professional manner, we will also talk you through the specific defibrillator pads and battery replacement procedure, and help you to do a system check to ensure your defibrillator is ready to operate in an emergency situation.

Defibrillator Checklist:

It’s important to inspect any other accessories or parts of your defibrillator such as the Electrodes or Pad pack. The electrodes or pads are used to stick to the chest of a patient and deliver the shock if needed, the pads have an expiry date and will perish over time, so the pads also must be replaced once they expire.

Defibrillators vary and have different life spans on the pads and batteries, so it’s important to ensure you know when your consumables should be replaced. The defibrillator specialists at FAAE recommend that you keep an accurate record on these dates and we can provide you with guidance for this procedure.

For expert advice on defibrillator maintenance and servicing—contact the team at First Aid Accident & Emergency. Our online shop is stocked with a range of defibrillator accessories including Electrode pads packs and battery replacements. To learn more about defibrillators or to brush up on your first aid skills—book a course today.

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