Four reasons why you should upgrade to a connected defib

25/09/19

Statistics suggest that having an automated external defibrillator (AED) in an accessible area can increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by 75%.

But we know that many defibrillators are not updated or monitored on a regular basis and this can mean that unfortunately – it will only be discovered that an AED is out of date when it is too late.

But the health and safety sector has benefited substantially from advances in technology over the past decade – particularly when it comes to defibrillators.

Defibrillators can now come fitted with WiFi or 3G  capabilities – making it possible for them to be managed off-site. 

There is no real reason why businesses and major public hubs across the world can’t benefit from connected defibrillators. If you’re not yet convinced, here are four compelling reasons why you should either purchase or upgrade to a connected defib.

Readiness saves lives – literally
 

The London Ambulance Service recently visited a company with just one defibrillator. They found it was purchased seven years prior, had never been used and wasn’t in good working order. The AED was duly returned to a rescue ready state. Three weeks later an employee was resuscitated with the updated defibrillator. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending – but it was a close call. With a connected device, the person responsible would have received alerts and reminders regarding pad and battery changes, low power warning and any number of updates that were needed. Connected AEDs do not get forgotten about and are always ready when needed. Additionally, these devices can connect to the emergency services and onto the receiving hospital.


Time saving
We get it – people are busy. Added to that, workforces commonly see lots of change in personnel and spaces over the years, meaning regular monitoring servicing of a defibrillator can easily get pushed to the bottom of the to do list. This gets particularly onerous when managing devices across multiple sites. However, with intelligent defibrillators you can drastically save time because you don’t need to individually monitor remote equipment. The Lifepak CR2, for example, tracks battery power, pad and location automatically, and reports to a central portal.


Fleet management
Rail stations, airports, shopping centres and more will likely require multiple defibrillators that are accessible to the public and need to be always ready. It is therefore essential that they are stocked with AEDs that can report on their readiness automatically. The HeartSine Gateway, for example, is a device that has the ability to self-monitor, sending out alerts when it is low on battery or when its temperature is suboptimal.


Easy and cost effective
If you’ve already got a fleet of equipment – there’s no need to buy new devices. Many older models can be retrofitted. Fitting a new HeartSine Gateway module to an existing HeartSine defibrillator can be a great cost effective way to upgrade. HeartSine Gateway is essentially a self- powered cradle for the defibrillator, is easy to install and won’t drain the batteries of the defibrillator. Each defibrillator in your fleet can also be connected to the LIFENET system, providing life-saving information directly to the hospitals awaiting the patient.

If you’d like to know more about what connected defibrillators can do for you, download our How to Save a Life guide.


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