External Defibrillators: Strategies for Home Users and Public Access AED Owners to Maintain Readiness of Automated External Defibrillators
MedSun: Newsletter #64, September 2011

FDA Website

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are critical life-saving devices that are used successfully thousands of times in the U.S. each year to treat patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The FDA recognizes the important life-saving benefits of AEDs and that users trust they will operate properly. It is unlikely that an AED will malfunction; however, the FDA is aware of infrequent problems with AEDs that impact patient safety. The following are strategies for home users and public access AED owners to maintain readiness of automated external defibrillators.

Additional Information:

FDA Website. External Defibrillators: Strategies for Home Users and Public Access AED Owners to Maintain Readiness of Automated External Defibrillators. November 11, 2010.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/CardiovascularDevices/ExternalDefibrillators/ucm233450.htm

External Defibrillators. FDA Website.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/CardiovascularDevices/ExternalDefibrillators/default.htm

External Defibrillator Improvement Initiative. MedSun Newsletter. December 2010.
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/medsun/news/newsletter.cfm?news=55#12

Summary of MedSun Reports Describing Problems with External Defibrillation and Multifunction Electrodes. MedSun Newsletter. July 2011.
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/medsun/news/newsletter.cfm?news=62#19


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