How often should a defibrillator be checked?

Ensuring your Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is ready to save lives

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are essential medical devices that can save the lives of people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. However, like other equipment, defibrillators need regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure they function in an emergency.

How often should you check your defibrillator?

Automatic Self-Tests are a standard feature of most defibrillators, which perform self-tests at regular intervals, usually every 24 hours. The self-test includes checking the device's internal components, battery status, and electrode pad connectivity. In addition to the automatic self-test, we recommend performing the following monthly checks:

  • Perform a visual check of the device, looking for any damage or missing parts.
  • Check the battery level according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • Inspect the defibrillator pads to ensure they are sealed and within their expiration date.
  • Inspect any spare defibrillator pads to ensure they are sealed and within their expiration date.
  • Check that all necessary accessory equipment is present, such as a towel, razor, CPR face shield, scissors, gloves, and paperwork.
  • Check the defibrillator cabinet is secure and not damaged. 

We've created a free monthly checklist to help you keep your defibrillator in top shape. 


Why is defibrillator maintenance important?

Maintaining a defibrillator is crucial because over 50% of defibrillators are not ready to use when needed, and the most common reason for this is forgetting to replace spare parts periodically. To prevent this, we offer a Bronze defibrillator maintenance plan that provides a defibrillator status overview in the Service Portal and tracks the lifespan of batteries and electrodes. When the expiration date approaches, we automatically send you spare parts with a guaranteed 10% discount.

Free replacement of spare parts 

In the event of a malfunction, you can use a loan defibrillator while your device is undergoing repairs. Additionally, if your defibrillator has been deployed, the Bronze plan guarantees new electrodes and a battery (if needed) free of charge, ensuring that your device is always ready for use when needed.

Professional Annual Check

Our Silver Defibrillator maintenance plan offers an annual professional check of your device. The ISO13485-certified Medisol Service Centre will service your defibrillator, which includes durability checks of batteries and electrodes, software updates, and functional tests. Our trained professionals will identify defects and replace materials as needed, ensuring your defibrillator is always in optimal condition. 

Regular maintenance checks of your defibrillator are essential to ensure reliability and safety. We offer maintenance plans that include reminders for maintenance checks, replacement batteries, electrode pads, and annual maintenance services to keep your defibrillator functioning correctly. With our maintenance options, you can be confident that your defibrillator is always ready to use when needed.

View all maintenance plans to find the best option for you.