Automated External Defibrillators

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that analyses a person’s heart rhythm and, when needed, delivers a shock to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims who are in a shockable heart rhythm.

A defibrillator can play a potentially lifesaving role. Used correctly, it can improve a person’s survival chances following SCA. Therefore, defibrillators need to be accessible and in good working order at all times in the event that they are needed for an emergency situation.

Read more in the HPRA's information leaflet; Automated external defibrillators. This leaflet 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.

HPRA repeats its calls for owners to check defibrillators (28 November 2017)

The HPRA has again published a press release calling on all organisations with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to urgently check that the recommended safety and maintenance updates on their device have been undertaken.
This advice follows the identification by the HPRA of some 583 defibrillators in Ireland, incorporating 5 particular models, where a corrective action remains outstanding.

Since the media campaign in November 2016 257 AED’s have received updates that were outstanding at that time. However AED manufacturers have identified further issues across further models. Of these newly identified actions 92 devices still require upgrades across 2 models.

Most importantly, the HPRA stresses that if an update or other action is identified and communicated by the manufacturer to the owner – through the publication and distribution of what is called a field safety notice (FSN) – then this should be undertaken immediately. Otherwise the AED may not work properly when it is needed. 

View full HPRA press release

All outstanding field safety notices for defibrillators are listed and linked below.