The Importance of AED Incident Reports

The job of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is not done even after it’s been used to save a life.

From the moment a HeartSine AED is switched on, the unit is gathering important data on its use. This detail is used to create an AED incident report. These reports give AED program clients the information and tools necessary to strengthen their public access defibrillation (PAD) program.

Incident reports are an important component of AED program management. They include information such as the date and location of the event, whether or not it was witnessed, if CPR was administered before the AED machine was used, and the length of emergency response time.

A second-by-second log records each step the machine takes. A sample listing may include: power on, lead off, electrodes connected, stand clear, rhythm assessment, shock advised, stand clear, push to shock, shock, CPR prompt, etc. Time stamped rhythm strips show the status of the victim’s heart rhythms at each step in the process.

Through Heart Trac, HeartSine’s AED Management Program, data is transmitted to HeartSine within 72 hours of the event. An on-site event debriefing with the AED response team is conducted to gather information on what occurred during the event. All data is then analyzed by a dedicated Medical Director Also, the used Pad-Pak is replaced at no charge so the AED can go back into service.

Data on the performance of the AED is essential not only to ensure future peak performance of the AED program, but to file required regulatory reports. The AED machine also records data on its periodic automatic health checks.  By gathering and utilizing AED data gathered during cardiac events, future AED use can be optimized.

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