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Is your defibrillator ready to rescue?

Written by experts from the BHTA First Aid Medical Equipment (FAME) Section.

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Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are vital life-saving devices and should be checked regularly to make sure they are ready to be used in an emergency.

Add these simple checks into your weekly routine, for example after checking your fire alarms and other safety systems, to ensure your device is ready to rescue.  

1. Can you open the cabinet easily?

2. Is the AED missing?

3. Are the AED pads in date?

4. Is the AED showing low or no battery?

5. Is the AED showing an error?