Proper AED Signage: AED Accessories That Can Help

Did You Know That AED Wall Signs Can Help Save Lives?

Proper AED signage can make a difference between life and death. Imagine, for a moment, how terrible it would be if someone went into cardiac arrest and you were unable to locate an AED in time. And guess what? You can buy a window decal for as little as $1.99 and a wall-mounted sign for less than $10.00! 

If your organization or business has taken the important step of purchasing an AED, well, good for you! That’s an important step toward helping ensure the safety of your team. However, if nobody knows where to find the AED or how to use it, it’s is not going to do much good. 

The American Red Cross notes that it takes nearly 10 minutes for trained first responders to arrive on the scene after 911 is called. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by approximately 10%. In other words, by the time the ambulance arrives with its cargo of lifesaving EMTs and AEDs, it may already be too late.

The location, visibility, and accessibility of your AED are critical to improving survival odds. And inexpensive AED wall signs and AED Storage solutions — like brightly lettered AED wall signs, three-dimensional wall markers, stickers, or clearly marked AED storage cabinets can help. 

Ask Your Colleagues If They Know Where the AED is Located

Ready to conduct an informal AED placement survey? Take a moment to ask 10 of your colleagues if they know where the closest AED is located. Can they point to its location with accuracy? Can they quickly describe to a fellow bystander how to retrieve the AED?

Don’t be too surprised if 50% of your teammates fail the quiz. 

In a survey about cardiac emergency preparedness conducted by the American Heart Association, researchers found that most workers do not have access to CPR and first aid training and that fully half of them were unable to locate an onsite AED. And get this, in the hospitality industry, where employees are welcoming guests who are unfamiliar with a property, a whopping 66% can’t find the AED!

Affordable AED Wall Signs Save Lives

Ideally, rescuers should be able to assist cardiac arrest victims in less than two minutes. AED cabinets, wall units, and way-finding signs should be located in high visibility areas in public buildings and businesses and at social or athletic events. 

Learn more about the proper placement of AEDs here.

For an AED location consultation, call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. To purchase inexpensive AED signage for your business,  visit AED.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Does My Facility Need Pediatric Pads?

If you run a daycare center, elementary school, community center, pediatric medical practice, pediatric dental office, or any other organization that routinely serves young children under the age of eight, yes, you should purchase an AED with a pediatric setting and/or pediatric pads.

We think it’s important to note that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a relatively unusual occurrence in children. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Each year, SCA claims the lives of over 2,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. and accounts for approximately 3-5% of all deaths in children aged 5-19 years. It is also responsible for 10-15% of sudden unexpected infant deaths.”

The 2015 AHA Heart and Stroke Statistics released by the American Heart Association found that 6,300 Americans under the age of 18 experienced an EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). When CPR and AEDs are administered within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, sudden death can be prevented. 

Some of the most common causes of sudden cardiac arrest in young people include:

Can I Use Adult AED Pads on a Child?

If young children rarely pass through your office doors, then you’re good to go with adult pads because, in a pinch, adult AED pads can be used on a child who is experiencing cardiac arrest.

Although AEDs are manufactured with adults in mind, pediatric settings and pads adjust the energy level used, making them safer for young children who weigh less than 55 pounds. 

The American Heart Association recommends that pediatric attenuated pads should be used on infants and children under the age. Adult pads are used on children eight years and older. 

However, using adult pads on a young child or infant is advisable if a child is experiencing SCA and pediatric settings are not available. After all, defibrillation can shock an irregular heartbeat back into an acceptable rhythm. And save a young life.

“In the absence of prompt defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, survival is unlikely. Automated external defibrillators should be used in infants with suspected cardiac arrest, if a manual defibrillator with a trained rescuer is not immediately available. Automated external defibrillators that attenuate the energy dose (eg, via application of pediatric pads) are recommended for infants. If an AED with pediatric pads is not available, the AED with adult pads should be used (Journal of Pediatric Emergency Care ).”

How Do I apply AED Pads to a Young Child?

When applying AED pads on an infant or young child, apply one pad to the front of the chest and the other to the child’s back so that the pads do not come into contact with one another.

Once the pads are attached, follow the instructions given by the AED.

An AED is designed to analyze a victim’s heart rhythm, regardless of age. If a shockable rhythm is detected, an AED will prompt the rescuer to administer the shock. Some devices will administer shocks automatically. An AED will not advise or deliver a shock unless the victim’s heart rhythm is in one of two shockable rhythms. 

In other words: don’t worry, you cannot accidentally shock someone with an AED. You’ll never do more harm than good! 

What Do Pediatric AED Pads Look Like?

Pediatric electrode pads are typically smaller and feature a different color packaging than adult pads. Generally speaking, the instructions and pad placement illustrations will depict a small child or infant. If your AED requires a child/infant key, the key will likely have an illustration on it showing the proper placement of the adult AED electrode pads for use on a child or infant.

To learn more about our CPR and AED Training or to purchase an AED with pediatric capabilities, visit aed.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

Do AED Batteries and Pads Expire?

Did You Know AED batteries and pads expire? Yes, they do! How long is the life expectancy of your AED battery and pads? Let’s find out!

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

Fortunately, most AED batteries last for anywhere from two to five years in standby mode. For the most accurate information regarding your AED model, refer to your user manual. Expiration dates can also be found on the back of your AED battery. 

Typically, an AED battery will have three dates printed on it: a manufactured-by date, an install-by date, and an expiration date. An AED battery should be used within five to seven years of its manufacturer date. The install-by dates indicated that the battery should be installed in an AED no later than the specified date. And the expiration date indicates when the battery will no longer function.

We recommend having a replacement battery ready and accessible at all times. Some AED batteries will need to be replaced after use, others are capable of handling multiple rescues. Refer to your owner’s manual for more detailed information.

Quick Reference AED Pad Life Expectancy Guide

Cardiac Science: Cardiac Science Powerheart AED batteries have a life expectancy of four years.

Defibtech: Defibtech Lifeline AED batteries have a life expectancy of four to seven years, depending on the model.

Heartsine: Heartsine Samaritan AED batteries have a life expectancy of approximately three and a half years.

Philips: Philips HeartStart OnSite AED batteries have a life expectancy of four years.

Physio-Control: Physio-Control LIFEPAK AED batteries have a life expectancy of approximately three years.

Zoll: ZOLL AED batteries have a life expectancy of five years in standby mode. 

How Long Do AED Pads Last?

Like AED batteries, the shelf life of AED pads varies. Most pads, however, have a shelf life of two to four years. The water-based electrolyte gel that sticks to the chest of the victim and conducts electricity dry out over time, so both the pads that are attached to the AED, as well as the back-up pads, should be routinely checked and replaced as indicated. 

Pads should always be replaced after use.

Quick Reference AED Pad Life Expectancy Guide

Cardiac Science: Cardiac Science Powerheart AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Defibtech: Defibtech Lifeline AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Heartsine: Heartsine Samaritan AED pads have a life expectancy of approximately three and a half years.

Philips: Philips HeartStart OnSite AED pads have a life expectancy of two years.

Physio-Control: Physio-Control LIFEPAK AED pads have a life expectancy of approximately two years.

Zoll: ZOLL AED pads have a life expectancy of two to five years, depending on the model.

If you’re worried about keeping track of expiration dates, you’ll want to consider a compliance management program like Cardio Partners’ LifeShield. Online compliance management programs send regular reminders for you to check your AED’s functionality and verify pad and battery life. It will also help you make sure that your equipment is properly registered. 

If you’re still trying to figure out which AED is right for you, we’ll help you find the AED and the batteries and pads that best fit your needs. Contact us! We’re always happy to help. 

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.