Have you ever seen an AED in public and wondered, “Are AEDs reusable?”
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are invaluable devices when it comes to saving lives and, with the exception of one key component, are reusable.
In fact, with regular servicing and maintenance, the device itself can be used again and again to save lives.
Continue reading for the details about which AED components are reusable and which ones aren’t.
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AED Device: Reusable
As mentioned above, the AED device itself is reusable with proper servicing. Without regular maintenance, neglect or degradation of parts and wear on components can lead to the AED failing to provide care when needed most and put the life of a person at risk.
Regular testing, cleaning, inspection, and re-calibration are necessary steps to maintain the correct operation of the device, ensuring it functions correctly and delivers appropriate therapy when needed.
Ultimately, with regular servicing and maintenance, AEDs can provide years of faithful service ready for immediate use should an emergency arise.
AED Battery: Reusable
Though our Philips AED batteries are not rechargeable, they are reusable. That said, we recommend checking the battery after each use to ensure its condition.
A crucial part of AED maintenance is checking the battery expiry. It’s also important to note that installed, batteries are valid for 4 years OR +200 shocks/uses. Uninstalled, an AED battery typically has a 5-year shelf life.
AED batteries are programmed to tell you when they are low by emitting an audible “chirp” or “beep” every minute. A compromised battery may also be reflected if the AED is not passing its daily self checks, which can be verified by the blinking green light on the top right of the AED.
AED Electrodes: NOT Reusable
Philips AED electrode pads are designed to be single-use only for a variety of reasons, including:
- Hygienic: reusing pads can lead to an increased risk of infection
- Decreased Efficiency: after the electrodes are used, the conductive gel on the pads will be compromised and new pads should be installed
- Gel Degradation: once the pads are unsealed, the conductive gel will start to degrade
For AEDs to remain effective at delivering life-saving therapies that save lives, it is imperative that single-use electrode pads remain disposable items.
Additionally, it’s crucial to always have spare pads on hand, as the shelf life for AED pads is only 2 years. Get spare pads now.
Now you know everything you need to know to answer the question, “Are AEDs reusable?”
Even though a major component of AEDs are not reusable, proper servicing and maintenance will ensure that this life-saving device is ready to respond effectively to sudden cardiac emergencies.
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