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The first defibrillators used in hospitals were large, bulky machines that could not be easily transported from room to room. Today, AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are small enough to fit in a large first aid kit.
Since an AED is typically held in reserve rather than used on a regular basis, one of the biggest challenges is making sure it is ready when you need it. Most AED batteries are designed to last around four years with regular maintenance and thorough inspection. Many AEDs automatically perform regular battery checks that charge the battery and alert users when a battery needs to be replaced. Others rely on a human to test the battery according to manufacturers’ instructions.
Replacing a battery on an AED is designed to be a simple process. Depending on the brand, the battery pack is generally located on the back or bottom of the AED, and can be removed by pressing a button or removing a clip. Once the battery is removed from the device, simply replace it with a new battery and return the original for recycling or disposal. An AED battery will typically cost between $100 and $300, depending on the brand, and can be ordered from One Beat Medical.
For more information on which AED battery is appropriate for your device, or to find out more about the frequency of battery replacement, follow the chart below or contact an equipment specialist at One Beat Medical.