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Do You Have an FDA-Approved AED For Your Business?

The FDA has updated the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) webpage to provide a list of FDA-approved AEDs . AEDs can be highly effective in saving the lives of people suffering cardiac arrest when used in the first few minutes following collapse from cardiac arrest. Read on to learn more about what to do if your AED is not FDA-approved and get some recommendations for the monthly inspection of your AED.

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To ensure the availability of life-saving treatment with the AEDs in your facilities, we encourage AED users to check the list of FDA-approved AEDs on the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) webpage on FDA.gov to see if your AED is FDA-approved. If your AED is not listed, you should plan to transition to an FDA-approved AED system. Contact the manufacturer of your current AED to discuss your transition plans. Ensure that you have compatible AED accessories to meet your needs until you transition to an FDA-approved AED. This is particularly important because AED accessories may require frequent replacement.  

Some states require an AED in certain types of businesses. Check with your state regulatory agency  to find out if an AED is required in your facility.  If your business is a dental practice, then check with your state board of dentistry to find out if an AED is required in your business. It’s fairly common for a state board of dentistry to require availability of an AED when sedation is a part of patient treatment.  

Since an AED is not used often, it may become stored out of sight and could result in a delay in locating it when needed.  Consider placing it in a rack that is mounted on the wall where other emergency medical equipment is located.  Other equipment can include emergency oxygen and the First Aid kit where emergency medications are located.  All of these items should be inspected frequently to ensure that they are in working order.  Assign responsibility for inspection of all emergency equipment.  Here are some recommendations for the monthly inspection for an AED:   

  1. AED is stored for quick and easy retrieval.
  2. Make a visual check of the device to check for any obvious damage or missing parts.
  3. Check AED manufacturer’s operating instructions to determine how to check batteries.  Different models have different methods of warning about low battery so follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Check defibrillator pads that they are sealed and in-date.
  5. Check spare defibrillator pads that they are sealed and in-date.
  6. Check integrity and security of defibrillator cabinet.

Use of an AED may be rare, however, take proactive steps to ensure that it is always in operating order.

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