How much does a defibrillator cost to maintain?
Most defibrillators will self-test on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, so any issues with the kit, such as low battery or pads not being properly connected, will be shown with an audible alert or flashing light.
However, pads and batteries for defibrillators have shelf lives. This will depend on the make and model of the defibrillator - the electrode pads used contain an adhesive gel which over time begins to dry out, as the chemicals used break down. The longer pads are stored, the lower their adhesion and conductivity will be.
This is a major problem, especially during CPR: if the pads do not adhere to the skin properly, incorrect heart rhythm readings during the analysis stage may occur. Regularly ensuring that pads are in date could save a life.
How to store a defibrillator (Fixed location or portable)?
Many AED defibrillators are portable, and often weigh under 5lbs (2.2kg), making them easily movable. However, some public AED’s may be locked and stored in a fixed place. In this circumstance, it is locked to protect the kit from theft, vandalism, the weather and possible accidents that could be caused by misuse.