The AED Challenge

AAMI AED ChallengeThe AAMI AED Challenge tackles an important safety issue in our communities—dead batteries and expired pacing pads in automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs. During Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Week, May 21–27, AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC) encourages HTM professionals to raise awareness of the importance of routine AED inspections among local businesses and organizations.

Interested in taking up the AED Challenge in your community? Here are some resources that can help. If you choose to participate, please submit basic details about your experience to help AAMI quantify the scale of this problem.

How to Participate: 10 Steps

  1. Get your hospital involved. If you are part of a hospital or hospital network, inform them of your intentions. Most facilities will welcome the potential public relations benefits from this type of community outreach.

  2. Organize beforehand. Schedule site visits so you can optimize your time and visit multiple locations with a single trip. Have everything you might need with you when you make your rounds.

  3. Get the word out. Involving your hospital public relations staff will be helpful. Utilize local media, such as a radio station or newspaper, as well as social media to let businesses and organizations know what's going on. Don’t be afraid to call local institutions directly.

  4. Ask to look at the AED—wherever you are. This could be in your local mall, church, library, or other business or organization to make sure it is being properly maintained.

  5. Inspect the AED for any issues. Make note of whether the batteries or pads are expired and whether it is clear that the devices are routinely being maintained.

  6. Check if other accessories are available. Do they have a mask, gloves, razor, scissors, and a towel? Although these are not strictly required, all can potentially assist in responding to a cardiac emergency.

  7. Discuss the importance of regular inspections with their owners. If possible, download the operator manual from the Internet and provide it to the AED owner, as well as potential sources to purchase batteries and pads online if needed.

  8. Offer to provide an orientation on AED use to interested staff.

  9. Contact local fire chiefs to discuss the issue and encourage them to include AEDs in their routine inspections of buildings.

  10. Submit your findings. After you’ve completed all of your visits, submit data on what you’ve found. AAMI will compile the results at the conclusion of HTM Week.

Resources to Help You Accept this Challenge