End of AED Life - what do you do?

What does ‘End of Life’ mean for my defibrillator?

End of life may seem like a scary term, but when referring to a defibrillator, end of life refers to a specific AED model being discontinued by the manufacturer, meaning the company can no longer provide support for that particular unit.

Following this, the discontinued unit’s core accessories, such as electrode pads and batteries, will follow suit and will no longer be available to repurchase.

So, do I need to buy a new defibrillator?

When your AED is at end of its life, you don’t necessarily have to purchase a brand-new unit, but you do need to be aware that if your model has been discontinued, further maintenance for the device may become more difficult in the future and the brand will eventually stop supporting the device.

An AED can only be in a state of readiness when all components are functioning correctly following a self-test and if the defibrillator equipped with a fully charged battery and a fresh set of electrode pads designed to work with the device. If this upkeep is no longer possible, however, your AED may not be able to be used in a cardiac emergency. With this simple fact in mind, it may be worth investigating newer AED models that suit your needs and budget. 

New accessories too?

Should you decide to purchase a new unit, the compatible accessories will be required to ensure your AED can be used effectively and is ready to be used in an emergency.

Almost all accessories come with a shelf life and will require replacement during the life of your AED. Electrode pads commonly have a shelf life of around 2 years, with batteries holding a similar expiry; thanks to the defibshop free reminder service, you can be alerted when your accessories are due to be replaced, giving you plenty of time to restock on your unit’s vital accessories. To sign up for this service, simply call 0845 071 0830 to log your accessories’ expiry dates with us.

What’s the easiest way to repurchase an AED?

If you’ve decided to replace your End of Life AED, we advise you to consider whether your previous unit met all your needs and whether you would like to go for something similar, or something completely different.

Were you able to carry out maintenance easily for your device? Did the design make it visible enough for bystanders? Consider these questions and your budget before deciding on which AED will be best suited to your environment.

If you need any help, the defibshop Product Specialists are only a phone call away. As an independent supplier, we pride ourselves on providing impartial advice to help you find the right make and model to suit your needs; you can get in touch with the team direct by calling 0845 071 0830.

Anything Else?

Once you’ve made your decision whether to twist or stick with your original device, whether it’s brand-new or not, it is vital you ensure that your AED is stored in a location that is visible and easily accessible in an emergency. 

We recommend AEDs be stored in a central location to your environment as this will allow it to be retrieved quickly in an emergency, ensuring the casualty is treated promptly, giving them the best chance of survival. 

A simple weekly check of both your battery and electrode pads will help ensure your device is ready to be used at a moment’s notice. All AEDs are equipped with a readiness indicator to confirm it is ready for use. We recommend nominating a staff member to take responsibility of the AED unit and ensuring its upkeep is maintained regularly, so it is always ready to be used in an emergency.  

If you would like any further information regarding AEDs approaching their End of Life, their End of Warranty or would like to discuss purchasing a replacement AED, please feel free to contact the helpful defibshop team by calling 0845 071 0830. Alternatively, you can email savealife@defibshop.co.uk to raise any questions or concerns you may have regarding your device.