With a strong defibrillator battery, a defibrillator can save thousands of lives each year, but in order to do so the defibrillator battery needs to be charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Battery malfunction or lack of power can result in the death of the patient because the heart can’t be shocked back into rhythm in time.
Caregivers need to know how long a defibrillator battery will last in order to ensure that lives can be saved. The shelf life of a typical battery is typically around four years, but using the defibrillator, running battery insertion tests, and training with the machine can all reduce battery life and power. Defibrillator batteries are often replaced sooner than needed because of concerns that the battery may be depleted or weakening.
Some manufacturers have produce battery packs designed to eliminate some of these concerns. Battery packs hold more energy than traditional batteries, ensuring that the defibrillator will have power when needed. Some come with memory that charts the batteries charging and use history.
In addition, defibrillator batteries or battery packs may come with a charger, which allows users to keep batteries in top working condition. If purchasing a charger separately, look for one that will handle future chemical variants and different brands of batteries. This way the charger can be used for a longer period of time and won’t be obsolete if you purchase a different brand of defibrillator.
Finally, manufacturers, understanding the importance of defibrillator batteries to performance, sometimes provide software for battery management. This is particularly useful if you are handling the maintenance on more than one battery. The software alerts users to the state of the battery, giving users valuable information on when a new battery is needed.
When you replace a defibrillator battery, consider recycling it. The NRBC Call2Recycle program offers an environmentally sound way to recycle used defibrillator batteries. You simply ship the used or expired batteries to participating locations and they handle the recycling for you. Some things to keep in mind for shipping:
- Try to make sure that the batteries are fully discharged before shipping.
- Ship only one battery per box. If you need to ship more than one, either use separate boxes or pack the batteries in such a way that they will not touch each other during shipping.
A defibrillator battery is one of the most important components for an external automated device. Without it, there would be no life saving charge. By using some of the newer products and software, you can ensure that your defibrillator always has the necessary energy.