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The HPRA today called on all organisations with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to urgently check that the recommended safety and maintenance updates on their device have been undertaken. The HPRA is issuing this advice as it has identified some 940 defibrillators in Ireland, incorporating five particular models, where a corrective action remains outstanding. Updates to these AEDs are needed immediately to ensure that the devices will work as necessary in a life-saving situation. In addition, the HPRA warns that weather temperatures will affect a defibrillator’s performance and all AED devices should be stored correctly and regularly checked during the winter months ahead.
View the full HPRA press release
A special AED section has also been published on the HPRA website which outlines the specific AEDs that need corrective action.
The HPRA’s AED information leaflet also provides advice on selecting and purchasing an AED for use in a community setting as well as recommendations for maintaining the device after it has been purchased.