AED Storage Solutions

Our sales teams are often asked what is the best storage solution for my Automated External Defibrillator?

Well essentially you have three options:

  • A Carry Bag
  • Indoor Wall Mounted Cabinet
  • Outdoor Wall Mounted Cabinet ( in-heated or heated)

Carry Bag
Storing your AED in its carry bag may be suitable for persons deploying their AED at sporting events etc where it is located pitch side or for first responders within large complexes such as shopping centres & sports centres. You should however ensure that your AED is well protected and that all of the accessories are also contained within the bag i.e. Pocket Mask, Towel, Razor, Paramedic Shears, Gloves etc.

Indoor Wall Mounted Cabinet:
When storing your Defibrillator indoors ideally it should be kept in a wall mounted cabinet. The advantages of doing so are that everyone knows where the Defibrillator is when it is needed, it is easy to check the units status by looking through the clear Perspex door panel and it helps to keep your AED secure. Our indoor AED Cabinets can be locked or left open for public access Defibrillation. Defibrillators should always be located centrally and near a phone as the person who is retrieving the AED is often the person tasked with calling the Ambulance also. If you do need to lock your Defibrillator cabinet for security reasons then every trained person should be issued with the key code. You should also notify your local ambulance service of the key code and location of your AED. Survival rates of a person in Cardiac Arrest drop by 7-10% per minute so quick access is essential.

Outdoor Storage:
Many Sport Clubs, Schools and Community groups choose to store their Defibrillators outdoors so as to ensure quick access when they are needed. We have been supplying AEDs and AED Cabinets since 2005 and have seen many different types of AED storage cabinets, some suitable for outdoor storage and some that are not.

All AED manufacturers state that there AEDs should not be stored or used in temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. There is one exception to this where one manufacturer recommends that their AED be stored above 10 degrees Celsius. Generally speaking the reason for this is that prolonged exposure to freezing conditions may cause the battery to deteriorate. One option would be to store your AED in a heated cabinet however this does not solve the problem of the manufacturers recommendation that the AED should be operated above 0 degrees Celsius. So what happens if you need to use your Defibrillator and it is -5 outside? Well, go ahead and use it! These are but recommendations and it makes perfect since for manufacturers to recommend that their AEDs not be stored or used in temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius as this may cause battery depletion, essentially manufacturers are covering themselves. One myth regarding outdoor storage of AEDs is that the gel on the pads freezes easily.  Several tests have been carried out on several different types of AED pads. All pads were frozen at -21 degrees Celsius for 3 days before been removed, opened and attached to human skin. All AED pads adhered perfectly and the gel was not frozen on any pads. The reason for this is that the gel is alcohol based and alcohol (depending on the purity) freezes at extremely low temperatures far lower than we ever experience in Europe.

Unheated Cabinets:
We have been supplying AEDs and storing them in outdoor AED cabinets since 2005 and have never had a Defibrillator or Defibrillator battery fail. You should always check with the manufacturer (not the sales rep) to see if their AED can be stored outdoors in an unheated cabinet. Additionally the cabinet should of course be weatherproof.

  • The key features of our Outdoor Alarmed AED Cabinet are:
    Robust steel construction
    Hi Vis Yellow
    Clear Perspex window for AED inspection
    Option of locking the cabinet or leaving it open
    Alarm sounds when the cabinet is opened and can be switch off by remote control

Temperature Controlled Cabinets:
Heated or temperature controlled defibrillator cabinets are relatively new to the market. These offer either a heating mechanism or a heating and cooling mechanism and are generally powered off of a mains power source.

Our outdoor, heated AED cabinet is made from galvanised steel with a clear Perspex window for AED inspection. The temperature inside the cabinet can be set to whatever temperature you desire and it is digitally displayed on the front of the box. The cabinet is colored yellow for easy identification and has ILCOR approved, green AED signage. In addition to this it features stainless steel closing clasps and lock and well as a stainless steel door handle.

Access
When it comes to accessing your outdoor AED Cabinet you have only 2 options:

Lock it
Or
do not lock it

Locking it:
Most communities do lock their AED cabinets to prevent theft. Options are usually a key lock, combination lock or digital keypad.

Our heated outdoor AED Cabinet has 3 options for locking.

Closing clasps : at the side of the cabinet allow you to close the cabinet and leave it unlocked if required

Digital Key Pad: Allows you to lock your AED cabinet and access it using the digital keypad. Battery Powered. Alerts the user if the battery is running low. Any combination of digits can be used and set by the user.

Master Key Override: For customers who prefer a key lock the key pad can be disabled and the cabinet opened by the key provided. This gives you, our customer complete peace of mind.

Heating plates: Our heated AED cabinet has a shelf over the heating mechanism to protect your AED, which can be adjusted to any height.

  • The key features of our Outdoor Heated Alarmed AED Cabinet are:
    Robust steel construction
    Hi Vis Yellow
    Clear Perspex window for AED inspection
    Adjustable temperature parameters
    Digital temperature display
    Option of locking the cabinet or leaving it open
    3 Pin UK power adapter
    Alarm sounds when the cabinet is opened and can be switch off by remote control
    Height adjustable shelf above the heater unit.

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