Pulse’s Points for #NationalHeartMonth Maintenance
Date: Monday, 06 February 2017. -
Maintenance on a defibrillator can be easily overlooked.
But remember, a defibrillator is only as rescue ready as the work you put into it being that way.
To highlight the importance of AED upkeep and maintenance, one of our Survival Squad has volunteered to cover the basics and have made defibrillator upkeep their mission not only for National Heart Month, but for the whole year!
As many of you are aware, Pulse, the super-cool pink cat from a distant planet far, far away is lucky enough to have electrode paws, so she’s always prepared to deliver the life-saving shock required by a patient suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
Unlike electrode pads which are connected to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and are single use only, Pulse’s paws have the ability for multiple uses. However, her paws don’t look after themselves; after every shock she delivers, she has to ensure that they are still in a conductive condition and will deliver a shock again, should she need to.
If she didn’t do this, her paws may not be able to deliver a life-saving shock and would require further maintenance, similar to your electrode pads.
For National Heart Month and all months thereafter, Pulse is committed to keeping on top of the maintenance required by her electrode paws and hopes to inspire others into looking after their single use electrode pads.
All electrode pads are single use only, therefore after they have been utilised in a rescue, they must be disposed of properly and not re-used.
Electrode pads all have an expiry date and after the pads have expired, they must be replaced accordingly to ensure First Responders always have everything they need for their defibrillator to save a life.
Having a spare set of electrode pads in your rescue kit ensures you’re always prepared to tackle a cardiac emergency and removes the pressure from the First Responder of placing the pads in the correct place on their first attempt.
A simple way to ensure that your defibrillator is receiving the maintenance it requires and deserves is to dedicate someone in your location to maintaining the defibrillator.
Simply check the readiness indicator of the device and as long as it displays the ‘ready’ status indicator, then you can rest assured that your defibrillator will be able to assist in a cardiac emergency.
By ensuring someone is checking on your life-saving device once a week will give you peace of mind that your defibrillator is equipped with everything it requires to save a life as well as being in a rescue ready state.
If you’re lucky enough to own one of these life-saving devices, when was the last time you checked your defibrillator and its accessories? Last week, last month? Maybe even last year! Some of the vital life-saving equipment could have expired and require attention from you.
Make Pulse proud and go check your defibrillator. Give you and your workplace that peace of mind that you are ready to save a life, should the occasion call for it.
Leave us a comment on how you maintain your defibrillator, or alternatively, Tweet us @imptraining and share with us how you keep on top of your AED maintenance.