Keeping your defibrillator in top condition

The importance of a life-saving tool

An Automatic External Defibrillator is a life-saving device that can deliver an electric shock in the event of a cardiac arrest. With a shock from a defibrillator, the normal heart rhythm can be restored. Using a defibrillator in combination with quality CPR can significantly increase the victim’s survival chances, but it is crucial that a defibrillator works when it is most needed. This is why a defibrillator should be checked regularly.

In this article, we discuss the lifespan of a defibrillator and the importance of regularly checking the status, battery life and expiry date of the electrode pads. We also address why partnering with a reliable supplier for defibrillator parts, such as Medisol, is a good way to ensure that you always have a working defibrillator present, when needed in case of an emergency.

Lifespan of a defibrillator

“Can defibrillators expire” is a question frequently asked by defibrillator owners. A defibrillator has a lifespan of around 10 years, but the more exact lifespan depends on the brand, manufacturer, make and model. Although modern technologies have improved the durability of defibrillators, they are still subject to wear and tear over time. Parts can deteriorate, compromising the effectiveness of the device during an emergency.

We suggest looking into the purchase of a new defibrillator if the device is approaching its 10th year of life. It can happen that your current model is no longer in production and you need advice for an entirely new defibrillator. Fortunately there are many defibrillator experts online, who are ready to provide you with advice. Medisol is an International player in the market, with several dedicated defibrillator specialists who can help you purchase a defibrillator from various brands, such as Zoll, Philips and DefiSign.

Defibrillator Batteries and Electrode Pad Expiration

Two important components of a defibrillator are the batteries and electrode pads. The batteries power the device and must be regularly checked via the defibrillator’s status indicator, to ensure that they are still adequately charged. If not, they need to be replaced. Most defibrillators emit an audible or visible alarm when the battery is low. This allows you to know in time when to order a new battery.

Similarly, electrode pads have an expiration date and must be replaced before they reach the end of their shelf life. Expired electrode pads may not adhere properly to the patient’s skin, meaning they may not deliver a shock during a cardiac emergency. Check the expiration date printed on the packaging and replace the pads accordingly.

It is important to replace defibrillator batteries and electrode pads promptly when needed. A reliable defibrillator supplier such as Medisol, can advise and provide you with new defibrillator batteries and defibrillator electrode pads in time.

Regular defibrillator Status Checks

Additionally, we recommend as an important step in keeping your defibrillator in top condition, that you perform regular status checks yourself. Routine checks help to keep your defibrillator ready when this is needed during an emergency. Most modern defibrillators are equipped with self-test functions that automatically perform diagnostic checks on internal components. However, it is essential to manually inspect the device from time to time to confirm its operational status.

It is important to pay close attention to the status indicator lights or the display of the defibrillator, which will indicate whether the defibrillator is still functioning correctly. You should also check that the packaging of the electrode pads is properly sealed and that the defibrillator and cabinet are free from any debris or obstructions.

In addition to the defibrillator itself, it is also important to check the operation of the defibrillator outdoor cabinet, when the defibrillator is stored outside. Outdoor cabinets have climate control to prevent a defibrillator from getting too hot or too cold. Check periodically that this is still functioning and that the door of the cabinet closes properly.

In short, maintaining your defibrillator is not just a matter of compliance, it is matter of life and death! Battery and electrode checks and replacements and regular inspections are essential to ensure the optimal performance of your defibrillator during cardiac emergencies. We hope the tips in this article will help you to keep your defibrillator in top condition!


  • Medisol press release
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