Is Your School’s AED Out of Warranty or Discontinued?
There was a movement in the early-to-mid-2000s to put AEDs into some schools to protect children, staff, and visitors to schools from sudden cardiac arrest. Starting with placement near athletic areas such as gyms and field houses, the realization of their importance meant their expansion into other areas of schools. Some states started passing laws mandating AED placement in schools as awareness grew that sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, or physical fitness levels.
The schools that were originally under obligation to place AEDs throughout their facilities due to these laws may have devices which are now no longer covered under warranty. In some cases, these AEDs may be discontinued to the point there are no longer reliable sources of replacement parts like electrode pads and batteries. The states where this may be happening are Texas, North Dakota, Alabama, Oklahoma, New York, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Maryland. Additionally, some schools that were proactive and placed AEDs at their facilities more than 8 years ago, even though it wasn’t mandated by law in their states, may also have out-of-warranty or discontinued AEDs.
At AED Superstore we understand it can be costly to replace AEDs, so we have a generous trade-in program whereby organizations can receive money for their old devices which they can apply toward the purchase of new devices. We even take out-of-warranty and discontinued devices. If your school is in need of new machines, we hope you will give us a chance to provide you with the best customer service in the market by working with you and your budget to come up with an AED plan which is best for your facilities.
In addition to the warranty and availability of replacement parts, it is worth looking at the new AEDs and accessory technology now available. Just a few of the new features available include:
- New wifi-enabled AEDs and accessories can give AED program managers automatic updates on the state of all the machines they manage on a regular basis.
- One of these machines even has a simple button to push for pediatric use, which saves critical time during a rescue since there is no more changing out electrode pads when the defibrillator needs to be used on an infant or child under 55 lbs.
Call our customer service team at 1-800-544-0048 to have all your AED questions answered or to find out more about our trade-in program.
September 05, 2021 at 7:30 am, Don Peterson said:
Our AED expires in 2022. Are batteries and electrodes replacable or does the pack have to be disposed?
September 06, 2021 at 7:57 pm, AED Superstore said:
Hello Don –
Batteries and electrode pads should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have any questions on where to find the expiration date of those parts, you can contact our customer service department at 1-800-544-0048. They are knowledgeable about all makes and models of AED. As long as you can still buy replacement parts, you do not need to replace the AED itself.