How to keep public access AEDs emergency-ready during winter

06/11/20

The recent cold weather has been causing issues with public access defibrillators around the UK. There have been many reports of battery faults, leading to life saving equipment being unable to perform when most needed. The solution to this critical problem is to place public AEDs within heated cabinets that comply with industry quality standards. The cabinets in question should include the following features as standard:

Remote monitoring capabilities (self-test failure)
Public AEDs need to be monitored at all times so that the battery failures mentioned above do not become the norm. Modern AED cabinets such as the Rotaid 24/7 come with their own internet connection and web-based maintenance portal. This means you can monitor, change and adapt your system from anywhere, and it will alert you immediately when there is a problem with an AED.

Complies with all industry standards
The Rotaid 24/7 is built specifically for the outdoors. An on-board anti-tamper alarm system, built-in heating system and robust construction ensure the best possible protection for your AED investment: not only now, but for many future years. Leading the market in functionality and build quality, it complies with industry standards IP56 (ingress protection) and IK10 (impact protection), while protecting from frost up to -20 degrees. 

Safeguards against malfunctions
When an emergency happens, every second counts. With the Rotaid 24/7 you are alerted instantly if an AED malfunctions, and you receive regular reports on key information such as the status of battery life and the condition of electrodes. This allows you to inspect and change out these components before an emergency happens, significantly increasing the chance of saving a life.

Sophisticated emergency response system 
In the event of an emergency, the Rotaid 24/7 instantly connects to a team of early responders. Whether this is friends, neighbours or colleagues, sophisticated mobile communication technology informs the responder team – chosen by you – and provides them with accurate location details and progress monitoring, so that nothing gets in the way of rapid response. 

With winter not far away, now is the time to take preventative measures and ensure the AED failures we have been seeing do not repeat themselves. To find out more about the Rotaid 24/7, and how it provides the ideal storage for public access defibrillators, click here. 


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