How Long Do Automated External Defibrillators Last?

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Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices that are used in emergency situations. These devices can be found at airports and in public transport facilities, workplaces and malls.

The average lifespan of an Automated External Defibrillator is around 8 - 10 years. The life expectancy of an AED depends on a variety of factors, including the care it receives after initial purchase, proper storage conditions and maintenance.

The Manufacturer's Warranty

An AED's warranty is valid for a specific amount of time (typically around the 8 year mark) and covers defects in materials or workmanship. If you purchase an AED, you should read the manufacturer's warranty carefully and ensure you understand what it does or doesn’t cover. Most manufacturers offer warranties that range from one year to three years.

What Factors Affect An AED's Lifespan?

There are several factors that can affect an AED's efficiency and longevity:

  1. Usage: The more frequently an AED is used to save lives, the faster its battery will be depleted. If you use your AED regularly in training exercises or real-world situations (such as emergency drills or field trips), then the battery will need to be changed frequently to ensure efficiency. 

  2. Storage: If you don’t use your AED regularly, store it properly in a dry place at room temperature away from heat sources like radiators and fireplaces. If you keep your device in a bag or backpack while on the go, make sure that it doesn’t come into contact with liquids. This can cause corrosion and damage internal components.

  3. Maintenance: AEDs must be maintained on a regular basis to ensure they function properly and accurately when you need them most. This involves performing routine maintenance checks and ensuring that all batteries are replaced when their shelf life expires.

AEDs Should Be Cared For Like Any Investment

Automated external defibrillators are an important tool in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). They can provide life-saving treatment to someone who has gone into ventricular fibrillation (VF), a condition that may lead quickly to death if not treated immediately. AEDs have been shown to save lives, but they are only effective when used correctly and frequently maintained.

AEDs should be cared for like any investment: you want them operating at maximum efficiency at all times. If they're not, they may not work when you need them most. This is why it's so important to check expiration dates frequently and make sure they're rescue ready in case of an emergency.

Invest In A Quality AED From AED Advantage

AED Advantage's commitment to customer satisfaction is second to none. Having provided automatic external defibrillators to thousands of customers across the country, they understand the importance of integrating these devices into your facility in a way that makes them convenient, efficient, and effective. With their help, you can order one AED or a fleet of AEDs—their team is always available to answer any questions you may have and will work with you to develop the best life saving plan possible.

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