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February 27, 2014:
Change your defibrillator battery! People might die if you don't.

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Lawsuits:

Lawsuits against defibrillator battery manufacturers and AED compnies have people scrambling to be sure their machines will work when needed.

Implantable & AED Defibrillator Battery Replacement

Replace batteries for automated external defibrillators

defibrillator-batteryDefibrillator battery replacements are often necessary due to a variety of factors. AED defibrillators can spend years in high traffic areas, and batteries need to be continuously charged. Like all batteries, a combination of heat, cold, charging, and recharging, can cause them to eventually fail. Implantable defibrillators also use batteries that need to be replaced, since people put a lot of wear and tear on batteries as well. Whether you have a Philips Heartstart, Zoll AED, Defibtech, or other brand, periodic maintenance and battery replacement may be recommended by the manufacturer.

Like any other product you have in your inventory, the defibrillator needs maintenance and testing especially when it is not used often, which hopefully it should not be. Like any other batteries, lithium-ion cells can degrade and die over time, or fail to hold a charge, and this could create liability issues if the unit fails when most needed. Luckily, most defibrillators have alerts signifying low battery life. One way to ensure regular checks is to make sure AED training incorporates the removal of the unit from its cabinet or holding place, and making the necessary checks so people gain the confidence to use it in an emergency, as well as the trust that it has enough power to save a life.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Always replace your defibrillator battery with the manufacturer approved replacement. Defibrillators can stay on shelves for a long period of time, but it is essential that the battery should work when it is needed.