Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) can save someones live. But, how long do AED’s live? Let’s discuss.
How long do defibrillators last?
There are hundreds of different AED’s that perform for a wide variety of functions. Each AED may have a different length of time that it will last. An AED owned by a church that is stored in an AED cabinet and rarely used will last much longer than an AED kept in the back of an ambulance or police car.
Do defibrillators have an expiration date?
Individual AED units do not have set expiration dates. However, defibrillators do have expiration dates on the batteries and pads that allow them to work. Pads will usually last 2-5 years depending on when they were purchased and what brand they are. Batteries have a longer life span than pads and how long they last is determined by frequency of use and the model. Most batteries are recommended to be changed every 5-8 years in any AED, even those that have been unused.
It is important to note that batteries and pads are not interchangeable amongst brands. Simply purchasing a longer lasting batter for a different brand of AED will render your AED useless in an emergency. Likewise, AED pads are the same way. For example, if you have a Cardiac Science AED then you need Cardiac Science AED pads.
What defibrillators last the longest ?
The most popular and reliable AEDs all have warranties that hover around 7 to 8 years. The Heartsine Samaritan PAD 360 is one of the most popular models on the market has an 8 year warranty as well as the Phillips HeartStart ONSITE. Finally, The Zoll AED Plus is considered one of the best on the market. All of these usually last well past their warranty period.
Most AED’s have long warranties and are made to handle their environment. However, it is important that before you consider purchasing an AED, you have a plan for upkeep. The AED should be turned on and checked regularly to make sure it is functioning in the case of an emergency. The pads will also need to be checked and new pads must be ordered in the event of use. AED’s require upkeep to make sure they are ready whenever the time comes.
Watch this video to learn how to know if your AED still works: