An evaluation of the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Demonstration

6.6 Procedures for the sustainability of the arrangements

Page last updated: August 2008

To sustain the program, the on-going costs need to be seen as reasonable by management, including the cost of maintaining the AED and on-going staff training costs.

In terms of costs incurred in maintenance and on-going training:

  • Four in five managers (83%) strongly agreed or agreed that 'AED maintenance cost is reasonable' and
  • Six in ten managers (62%) strongly agreed or agreed that 'On-going training costs are reasonable' – 6% disagreed and 30% either did not know or thought it irrelevant to their organisation.

6.6.1 Maintenance

In supporting documentation provided to host organisations, St John recommends that a weekly maintenance check be carried out. The checklist includes checking: the green ready light is flashing; the supplies and accessories for damage and expiration; and that the outside of the device is free from cracks or other signs of damage.

Almost half (45%) of managers indicated that a maintenance check was carried out on the AED at least once a week and a third (37%) indicated that a check was performed once a fortnight to once a month (Figure 17). One in ten indicated that the maintenance check was carried out less often (8%) or not at all (2%).

The maintenance check was carried out by 31% of co-ordinators of the Project (the respondent to the survey) or another specific dedicated person (Figure 18). Few indicated an informal arrangement (12%) or no one being responsible for the maintenance checks (4%).

St John recommends that a designated site coordinator performs maintenance checks on the AED on a weekly basis.
Maintenance checks were carried out by only half of the organisations on a weekly basis.


Top of page

Figure 17: Frequency of maintenance check

Q23. How often is a maintenance check carried out on the AED?

Figure 17: Frequency of maintenance check

Top of page

Figure 18: Personnel responsible for maintenance check

Q24. Who performs the maintenance check on the AED?

Figure 18: Personnel responsible for maintenance check