What Is AED Program Management?
Let's assume that you need an AED and prepare to treat a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. However, you soon discover that the device isn’t working. Perhaps the battery is no longer working, or the pads need to be replaced, or the device is past its expiration date. Regardless of what is happening, a non-functional AED is almost worse than no AED at all.
To avoid this situation, you might consider AED program management. Facilitating the use of AED program management can assist you with the management of your AEDs through such things as sending you reminders or alerts about upcoming expiration dates while also ensuring you’re meeting legal requirements.
What Is An AED?
The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a tool used to treat someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest. These life-saving devices analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the heart rhythm to normal.
AED's are easy for bystanders to use and you don’t need to be a healthcare provider to operate. AED's are located in various places such as schools, corporate offices, and fitness facilities. In addition, individuals with a high risk of cardiac emergencies might also consider the purchase of one for their home. AEDs dramatically increase a patient’s chance of survival compared to waiting for first responders to arrive, and so it is important that AEDs are accessible in as many places as possible.
Why is an AED NEEDED?
Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital annually. AEDs are an effective way to treat victims of cardiac arrest and can help restore a normal heartbeat in just minutes. These powerful, life-saving devices can improve a patient’s chance of survival considerably compared to CPR alone.
What IS AED Program Mangement?
Have you purchased an AED for your organization and installed it? Do you think that's all that you need to do? Not exactly. First, you need to set up CPR and First Aid training to ensure that everyone is familiar with the AED. Next, you will need to set up an AED program management schedule which is a service that can allow AED owners to effectively manage their devices. An AED management program typically includes general maintenance, expiration reminders, legal compliance checks, readiness checks, and more. These procedures will help ensure that your AED is fully operational at all times.
What are the benefits of aed program management?
Establishing an AED program management plan with a reputable AED servicing company like Help-A-Heart CPR is a vital way to ensure that your AED is always functional.
There are many benefits to AED management. Here a just a few of the top reasons:
1. Conserve Time. The management and routine inspection of an AED can be time-consuming. Between component replacement, regular inspections, scheduling training, and more, the routine tasks associated with AED maintenance can quickly become overwhelming. Therefore, an AED maintenance program can take over the routine tasks for your organization and/or business allowing you to concentrate on other aspects of your organization.
2. AED Readiness. As we previously discussed, it’s important that AEDs are always operational. The checklists that we will include in your AED program management will help you confirm that everything is up to date and that your AED is operational and safe to use whenever it is needed.
3. Legal Compliance. Maintaining the federal and state requirements for AEDs can be a nuisance and timely. Our AED management program at Help-A-Heart CPR will regularly check the legislature so that you don’t have to and make sure that your AED is compliant.
4. Maintenance Reminders. With AED program management there is not a need to set calendar reminders or rely on your memory. The AED management team will alert you whenever it’s time for maintenance. This is especially convenient if you are responsible for multiple devices across a large facility and need to keep track of various expiration dates.
5. Peace of Mind. Lastly, with the incorporation of AED management at your organization or business, you’ll never have to wonder whether your AED is safe to use. By working with a team of professionals such as Help-A-Heart CPR experts, you can rest easy knowing that everything is taken care of.
Help-A-Heart CPR can assist you with AED program management or the purchase of an AED. Our team here at Help-A-Heart CPR has decades of experience with AEDs and we’re happy to help answer any questions you have. We offer comprehensive AED management services to make AED ownership simple.
Do you still have more questions? For more information about our AED program management or any of our other services, please contact us directly. You can contact us through our online form or by phone at 210-380-5344.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.