Cold Defib reminder

Store defibs and AEDs in the warm to keep them working in the cold weather.

Essential, life-saving items such as defibrillators (including automated external defibrillators) have in the past failed due to the temperature in which they’ve been stored. This includes being kept in vehicles which are left outside for prolonged periods of time.

This is particularly relevant for community first responder and PTS colleagues who predominantly carry AEDs (see attached document for further instructions).

As such, the Trust would like to remind staff to thoroughly check and monitor all pieces of equipment that use batteries. Where possible, defibrillators should be kept in a warmed environment to reduce the risk of failure.

Please ensure that any equipment fault is reported via Datix along with its asset number. It is also vitally important to remove any defective equipment, and quarantine it, if a fault is identified; this allows a member of the clinical engineering team to assess the failure.

Other advice:

  • Remember to invert entonox a number of times after the cylinder has been left in a cold environment immediately prior to its use. Cold temperatures can cause a separation of the gases contained in the cylinder and inverting it will redistribute the gases effectively.
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