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3 Great Reasons Why You Should Care about AED Compliance Management

What is AED compliance management and why should you invest in an AED compliance management system?

AED Compliance Management

AED compliance management systems are specialized tools that help AED program managers and occupational health and safety officers by tracking AED registration, sending performance check reminders, and by making sure AED owners are updated on the latest AED laws and regulations for their state.

Last week, we covered a few AED best practices, and this week we’re going to dive a little deeper into the importance of AED compliance and AED compliance management systems.

Reason # 1: Simply having an AED May Not Be Enough to Save a Life

Each year, more than 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States (American Heart Association). Sudden cardiac arrest — an electrical malfunction in the heart that disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and other vital organs — is a leading cause of death among Americans (AHA).

In fact, 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. While incredibly grim, there’s no reason why we can’t turn these statistics around. Cardiac arrest victims who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander had more than double the odds of survival to hospital discharge (EHS Today).

Perhaps as a result of these hopeful numbers, many states have mandated the installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public and government buildings, and more and more employers across the United States are installing AEDs to protect their employees, customers, and visitors.

However, if your AED is out-of-compliance and is not rescue-ready, it’s not going to get the job done. Batteries and pads can expire, rendering your costly piece of equipment into little more than a high-tech wall decoration.

Reason #2: AED Compliance Management = Peace of Mind

Health and safety officers and facilities managers have plenty of systems and operations to keep in good running order. Whether your organization has one or dozens of AEDs, leave your AED compliance and maintenance to the AED professionals!

Compliance management systems make it easy to register and track your life-saving devices. It’s easy to overlook AED maintenance checks. With Cardio Partners’ online AED compliance management system, LifeShield, however, you’ll never forget another check-in. Our system sends an email reminder every 30 days so you can enjoy peace of mind while keeping your focus on your business. It also offers unit readiness, expiration tracking, and medical direction. A 24-hour AED use helpline helps you train new employees and get the most out of your devices.

Reason #3: Out-of-Compliance AEDs Can Result in a Lawsuit

Last year, the family of a woman who died on a 2016 American Airlines filed a lawsuit claiming that the airline was negligent in handling the medical emergency suffered by their daughter. Potential rescuers on board the aircraft attempted to use an automatic external defibrillator on the passenger, but the device failed (Inc.com).

AED owners are subject to State and Federal regulations meant to ensure medical devices operate as intended, and regular inspections and performance checks are necessary to ensure that medical devices are in compliance with those regulations. AEDs that don’t work not only cost lives, but they result in tragic and entirely preventable lawsuits. Keep your AEDs in good working order with a reliable compliance management system such as LifeShield Compliance Management System.

User-friendly online AED Compliance Management Systems are the safest way to make sure that your equipment is up-to-date and is ready to save lives. Dramatically reduce your legal liability by investing in a complete compliance system.

At Cardio Partners, we’re dedicated to making sure that your workplace and your communities are well-prepared and well-protected in the event of a medical emergency. For more information on our CPR and first aid training courses, our AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs, or LifeShield, our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com

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So Now You Have an AED, What’s Next?

Are you following AED best practices? Let’s find out!

Congratulations, AED owner! You’ve taken a very important step in maintaining the well being and safety of your employees, community members, and loved ones by purchasing an AED. Now let’s make sure that you’re following AED best practices to ensure that you’re getting the maximum benefit from your AEDs.

Are Your AEDs in Plain Sight?

Did you know that more than half of 2000 employees surveyed by the American Heart Association (AHA) cannot locate an AED at work?

Timing is critical when it comes to administering CPR or defibrillation. For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease 7-10% (AHA). By keeping your AED in a convenient, well-trafficked, and highly visible location, bystanders are more likely to respond in a timely fashion. Specialized AED wall cabinets and signage can also help dramatically.

Here are a few OSHA-ratified recommendations for optimal AED placement:

  • Areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings.
  • Areas where electric-powered devices are used.
  • Outdoor worksites where lightning may occur.
  • Health units where workers may seek treatment for heart attack symptoms.
  • Company fitness units and cafeterias.
  • Remote sites, such as offshore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipelines.

For more location tips, take a peek at Finding the Best Location for Your AED.

Are Your Employees or Potential Rescuers Well-Trained and Ready?

AEDs are now widely available, safe, effective, and portable. They’re also increasingly affordable and easy to use. These devices provide the critical and necessary treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by ventricular fibrillation. For the best chance of survival, an AED should be used within three to five minutes after collapse.

The same AHA survey that we mentioned earlier also found that more than half cannot get first aid or CPR and AED training from their employer and that more than 90% of the employees said they would take employer-sponsored CPR and first aid training courses.

If you have an AED, you’ll want to make sure that your employees know how to use it (and feel confident in doing so). You’ll also want to make sure they know how to recognize a sudden cardiac arrest and how they should go about activating your emergency response plan.

Improve safety by boosting your employees’ confidence. Enroll your team in CPR, First Aid, and AED courses today!

Are Your AEDs in Compliance?

Out-of-compliance AEDs cost lives. Keep your AEDs in good working order with the LifeShield Compliance Management System. AED Compliance Management Systems are the easiest and safest way to make sure that your equipment is up-to-date and are ready to save lives. You can also dramatically reduce your legal liability by investing in a compliance management system.

These online systems send monthly AED check reminders and include AED logging, AED unit readiness and expiration tracking, EMS/First Responder notification,  24-hour AED use helpline, resource library access, medical direction, AED prescription maintenance, AED oversight, AED legislation tracking, courtesy overdue calls, and more.

Are Your AEDs Well-Maintained?

Although modern AEDs require very little maintenance, we recommend leaving AED preventative maintenance to the professionals. Most state AED laws require that equipment is maintained in accordance with the individual manufacturer specifications, and professional maintenance providers have the experience and resources to ensure that your equipment meets its original manufacturers’ specifications.

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Don’t have an AED? Make 2019 the year you take the plunge. Each year, more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occur in the United States and shockingly, 90% of the people who experience an OHCA will die. While these numbers are nothing short of tragic, the AHA has found that immediate, high-quality CPR and the timely deployment of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

If that’s not reason enough to invest in an AED for your home, community center, or office, we don’t know what is. If you’re thinking about purchasing an AED, we recommend downloading our free AED Starter’s Guide. You can also check out our post, Which AED is Right for You?

To learn more about AED best practices, our AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs, or LifeShield, our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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The Importance of AED Preventative Maintenance and Service

What to Expect From an AED Preventative Maintenance Agreement: A Service Checklist

So you’ve made the potentially life-saving decision to equip your office, school, or facility with a visible and strategically placed automatic external defibrillator (AED) and you’ve invested in a an AED compliance management program. Good for you!

Now, let’s make sure your AED is ready when you need it. Preventative maintenance plans are a great, affordable way to ensure that your devices are in perfect, shock-ready working order.

How is Preventative Maintenance Different from AED Compliance Management?

A compliance management program sends regular reminders for you to check your AED’s power and verify battery life. It will also help you make sure that your equipment is properly registered, the device’s prescription is up-to-date, that the pads and batteries are within their expiration dates, and more. A preventative maintenance and service plan makes it easy for you to address repairs deemed necessary during routine compliance checks, can minimize potential liability issues, and helps keep your costs low should repairs be necessary.

Although modern AEDs and manual defibrillators (the type of equipment typically used by medical professionals) require very little maintenance, we recommend leaving preventative AED and manual defibrillator service and preventative maintenance to the professionals. Most state AED laws require that equipment be maintained in accordance to the individual manufacturer specifications, and professional maintenance providers have the experience and resources to ensure that your equipment meets its original manufacturers’ specifications.

Not only do affordable service and maintenance contracts keep your repair costs down, but they may help you avoid costly repairs altogether! In many instances, preventative maintenance can significantly extend the life of your equipment.

Certified medical equipment repair technicians, like those on our team here at Cardio Partners, will thoroughly analyze your equipment and will run brand-specific diagnostics to ensure that your machine is operating effectively.

We offer a multi-point inspection for all makes and models of AEDs and manual defibrillators. Our team is qualified to service equipment produced by industry-leading AED manufacturers such as Zoll, Philips, and Cardiac Science.

Cardio Partners AED Service Checklist

Here’s what you can expect from our multi-point inspections and preventative maintenance:

  1. We’ll make sure that your AED software is upgraded to the current AHA guidelines.
  2. Using a Fluke Impulse 7000 defibrillator analyzer, we’ll simulate a shockable rhythm. Multiple shocks are delivered to ensure the energy output is within current FDA guidelines.
  3. Device performance is recorded.
  4. We’ll perform a careful visual inspection to ensure that your AED shows no signs of cracks, wear, or other damage. All findings will be noted.
  5. Your device will be meticulously cleaned in a laboratory environment.
  6. AED is accessorized and made patient-ready with electrodes and batteries installed.
  7. We’ll initiate self-tests to make sure that your AED is emergency-ready.
  8. Battery and pad expiration dates are recorded. (We’ll notify you 60 days prior to the expiration of your equipment’s accessories.)
  9. Each order is hand-checked and packaged in accordance to FedEx and UPS regulations.
  10. AED tracing is submitted to the manufacturer in accordance with FDA regulations.

Cardio Partners Manual Defibrillator Checklist

  1. Unit is visually inspected to ensure device is cosmetically sound.
  2. Software version is recorded.
  3. If a software upgrade is available from the manufacturer, your equipment will be updated.
  4. Time and dates are checked and set, as necessary.
  5. Unit and customer information is entered into Ansur Software and is recorded electronically and in hardcopy.
  6. Device is tested on equipment that has been carefully calibrated by the manufacturer.
  7. Joule output is tested and recorded.
  8. Joule output is recorded and displayed on a sticker placed on the device.
  9. Calibration sticker also notes “Next Inspection” date according to manufacturer guidelines.
  10. Pacing is tested (if applicable).
  11. SpO2 is tested (if applicable).
  12. Non-invasive blood pressure is tested (if applicable).
  13. Capnography is tested (if applicable.)
  14. Printer is tested and test strip is shipped with the unit to show functionality.
  15. All testing results stored on server and test summary is printed and filed.
  16. Unit is fully accessorized and assembled patient-ready.
  17. Device is meticulously hand-cleaned.
  18. Packing slip is printed and hand-checked to ensure that all items are included.
  19. Device is professionally packed using approved materials.
  20. Tracking number is recorded on SO/Invoice.
  21. Battery and pad expiration dates are recorded (you’ll be notified 60 days prior to their expiration).
  22. Device information and destination are submitted to the manufacturer in accordance with FDA regulations.

To learn more about our AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs or our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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