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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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A Complete Guide to AED Manufacturers

Finding the Right AED Manufacturer for Your AED Program

LifePak, Heartsine, ZOLL, Cardiac Science, Philips, Defibtech

First, we’d like to congratulate you on your decision to equip your school, community organization, office, or home with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Modern AEDs are small, portable and user-friendly electronic devices that automatically diagnose and respond to life-threatening heart rhythms. However, there are a number of different devices on the market and finding the one that works best for your organization is critical.

On-site AEDs can dramatically improve survival odds by significantly reducing the time between cardiac arrest and treatment. AEDs are battery-operated, compact, light, and portable. Because safeguards are programmed into each unit, regardless of manufacturer, users never have to worry about shocking a victim who has a heartbeat.

Anyone can use an AED. In fact, most AEDs provide simple, easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions that untrained bystanders can quickly comprehend and apply. Some AEDs advise the user when to administer the shock, while other AEDs may automatically apply a shock if the heart is arrhythmic.

As you consider your options, we encourage you to read our post, Which AED is Right for You, and make a list of your needs and priorities. Then, carefully consider the following manufacturers to find the AED that best fits your organization’s needs. For more information on funding your program, refer to our Grant Guide.

ZOLL

We covered the History of Defibrillation, Defibrillators, and Portable AEDs back in July, but it’s worth noting that ZOLL was founded in 1980 by one of the early pioneers of external cardiac stimulation, Dr. Paul M. Zoll. Today, Zoll Medical Corporation develops and markets a wide array of medical devices and software solutions that help save lives.

The ZOLL AED Plus and the ZOLL AED Pro, with their vivid green cases, are hard to miss. The AED Plus is the only AED with Real CPR Help®️. This feature offers real-time CPR feedback to help rescuers perform high-quality CPR and to more effectively save lives. While only half of all sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims need defibrillation, all of them need effective CPR. Real CPR guides rescuers through CPR and even advises them to “push harder,” if necessary.

The ZOLL AED Pro is designed with professional rescuers in mind and supports Basic Life Support as well as Advanced Life Support Professional. The high-resolution LCD display allows responders to visualize the patient’s ECG while performing CPR.

Cardiac Science

Cardiac Science, headquartered in Wisconsin, designs, manufactures and markets Powerheart® AEDs. The Powerheart G3 comes with an impressive 7-year warranty and the Powerheart G5 is the first FDA-approved AED to include fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language (English/Spanish) functionality, and variable escalating energy options. The device’s easy, intuitive operation is perfect for first-time responders and seasoned professionals.

To use, simply open the AED lid to activate the device. The Cardiac Science RescueCoach guides users through a rescue. Easy-to-follow text prompts make the Powerheart® a strong choice for noisy environments and the device also meets rigorous military standards for shock and vibration testing. The Rescue Ready® technology self-checks the primary components daily, ensuring that your device is fully operational and rescue-ready.

Physio-Control

Founded in 1955 by Dr. Karl William Edmark, Physio-Control manufactures “emergency response tools of the highest quality to help clinicians and emergency responders, anywhere in the world, through the toughest kind of emergencies.”  

Designed for heavy use, the LIFEPAK 1000 is rugged and durable. The device features built-in flexibility which allows users to program the device to change protocols as standards of care evolve.  It’s a great option for EMS professionals.

The LIFEPAK CR Plus is easy-to-use and is trusted by emergency medical professionals worldwide. The fully automatic LIFEPAK CR Plus offers an easy two-step operation, is water-resistant, and is very lightweight. The device automatically adjusts voltage based on individual needs, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic public areas.

Physio-Control also offers the LIFEPAK Express for budget-minded organizations. The device includes a quick-use instruction card and can deliver up to 360 joules of defibrillation energy, as needed.

HeartSine

The HeartSine Samaritan line of AEDs is designed for use in public areas. Offering the highest levels of dust and water protection in the industry. It is small, extremely compact, light and portable. In fact, it’s the lightest family of AEDs on the market. To simplify maintenance, HeartSine AEDs feature the innovative Pad-Pak™, which houses both the battery and electrodes with one, easy-to-track expiration date.

The HeartSine 450 is one of the few AEDs available to offer live feedback during CPR.

Philips

Philips, a company known for its wide-ranging medical technologies and innovative healthcare solutions, offers the HeartStart family of defibrillators. The Philips HeartStart FR3 AED is the lightest professional device available.

The HeartStart FRx AED is an excellent option for schools, pools, fitness centers, and outdoor venues. The device features fast shocking times and is durable and water-resistant. To transform the device from an adult-only AED to a pediatric AED, simply insert the infant/child key. One set of pads works for adults, children, and infants.

The company’s HeartStart Onsite AED is a solid, cost-effective option for individuals who are at a higher risk of SCA. In fact, it’s the only AED on the market that’s available for personal or home use without a physician’s prescription. Weighing in at just 3.3 lbs, it’s easy to transport. To activate voice instructions, simply open the device. The step-by-step instructions are clear and adaptable, making it easier for untrained bystanders to respond to an emergency situation.

Defibtech

Founded in 1999 by Philadelphia cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Glenn W. Laub and his longtime engineer friend, Gintaras Vaisnys, Defibtech’s vision was to create one of the world’s best AEDs by offering the highest levels of quality and reliability at an accessible price point.

The large, high-resolution, full-color, interactive display screen makes the Lifeline VIEW an excellent option for untrained rescuers or within organizations serving deaf or hard-of-hearing populations. It works well in all lighting situations and adapts for child or adult use.

The Defibtech Lifeline is a fully-automatic AED that’s easy to activate and features loud and clear voice prompts. Its long battery life makes it the perfect option for organizations looking to keep maintenance to a minimum.

Cardio Partners Offers AED Program Consulting Services

We know there’s a lot to consider when purchasing an AED for your organization or place of business. At Cardio Partners, we’re happy to help you select the manufacturer and model of AED that’s best for you. We specialize in full-customizable solutions for AED sales, compliance management, CPR training, and maintenance services. For more information about purchasing a new or recertified AED or to schedule AED training or maintenance, 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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