The Importance of Upkeep on Defibrillators

June 28, 2012Comments Off on The Importance of Upkeep on Defibrillators

Automated external defibrillators are medical lifesavers that are generally easy to use but needs thorough and routinely maintenance to make sure that it is always ready to save lives. AEDs are used on emergency situations such as cardiac arrhythmias. It works by computing the potential life threat right on that situation and it then applies electrical therapy to re-establish heartbeat in its normal rhythmic pattern.

According to studies conducted by the government, AEDs have been widely-used since 2007 for more than a thousand times. Ninety percent of the time, AEDS work and save lives. But what is disheartening is the fact that more than a hundred of these cases, AEDs simply just won’t turn on, or it automatically dies on its own. Thus, it caused the lives of the patients who were on the line. These demoralizing situations would not have happened if only the AEDs used all over the states experience maintenance in all of its parts. AEDs are such delicate machines that are easy to use but are high maintenance.

There is no question regarding the fact that defibrillators save lives, however, what puts the government in deep concern is the fact that when the flag goes up, there must also be a better grasp on how people use these devices. The thrust of the government for this dilemma is to better track the devices all over the United States and determine how they are used and maintained after institutions have purchased them. Clearly, it is so sad to see potential-rich devices go to waste.

For this reason, the government of the United States, in partnership with the American Heart Association and Citywide CPR Inc. has mandated a law that requires all hospitals, medical institutions, universities and private practice physicians who own one or multiple units of automated external defibrillators to have their machines frequently checked and re-certified to guarantee that they are functioning as prescribed.

With the CPR training, first aid classes, AED Program Management, all institutions are required to comply with the law and all operators of AEDS to take certifications regarding their credibility to operate it. With the AED Program Management, organizations will have a comprehensive web-based tracking system that will help them monitor all important AED information, such as serial numbers, site coordinators, and expiration of Pads, Batteries or Responders. With these, operator will know if all the functions and parts of the AED are functioning well so that they can be repaired easily if they don’t In addition to the AED Program Management, the certification will be issued to all healthcare professionals who are operating AEDs as well.


All of these programs, training, and classes will be conducted by Citywide CPR Inc. all for the good of patients all over the US. With this joint effort, more lives will be saved as long as there is an on-hand AED to do the job.

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