Defibrillators need to be accessible and in good working order at all times incase they are called for in an emergency situation. It’s one thing to buy an AED, but it’s another thing entirely to think that it will always be reliable. Like all things, your defibrillator needs love and attention in order to continue functioning as you’d expect it to.
Late last year, almost 750 defibrillators across Ireland were in need of "urgent safety and maintenance updates", according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
With over 10,000 defibrillators in Ireland alone, it is understandable why owners need to take responsibility for their respective devices.
"If the AEDs are not appropriately updated, the devices across the seven affected models may not work as required in the event of an emergency," the HPRA said.
Although in this case only 7 models of AEDs were identified, it is a reminder for all AED owners to ensure that their devices are regularly checked and stored correctly.
Even if an AED receives regular updates, sometimes incorrect storage can cause issues as well. “Defibrillators and their accessories can be badly affected by the weather and other environmental conditions," said Anne Tobin, HPRA Medical Devices Vigilance Manager.
This is a message to our purchasers: learn how to look after your life saving device! After all, you’re trusting it to save just that: your life!
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