Notice type: Advisory
In December 2011 the IMB published a leaflet to provide advice on selecting and purchasing an AED for use in a community setting. This leaflet is being re-issued today to remind users of the importance of correctly storing and servicing their AED to ensure it is always in good working order.
The IMB leaflet highlights a number of imperative steps that must be carried out to keep AEDs functioning appropriately:
• CE Mark – All medical devices must carry a CE mark including AEDs which ensures that when used and stored properly, the device should work as intended and be safe.
• Storage of defibrillators is critical to their performance – AEDs and their accessories can be badly affected by the weather and environmental conditions.
• All users of defibrillators should complete a recognised training course and the details of trained users should be displayed near the defibrillator so that all staff and facility members are aware of who can use the device in an emergency.
• Regular servicing and maintenance is essential and must be carried out in accordance with the guidance given by the manufacturer.