Holston Valley Offering Opportunity to Check AED Devices to Ensure They Work Properly

May 18, 2017 | kingsport, Tenn.

Organizations that have installed automated external defibrillators at their locations will have a special opportunity to bring them to Holston Valley Medical Center to ensure they are in good working order.

Representatives of the hospital’s clinical engineering department will be available in their office on the ninth floor of the parking garage on Cassel Drive, on the back side of Holston Valley, to examine the AEDs. People can bring their AEDs to Holston Valley:

  • Tuesday, May 23, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 24, 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25, 1-3 p.m.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute said an AED is a portable device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and can electrically shock the heart in an effort to restore it to a healthy level.

“Many churches, schools, libraries and other places the community frequents have installed AEDs in case an emergency develops,” said Lowell Pitman, the clinical engineering department’s manager. “But people in these facilities might not check them regularly to be sure the batteries are working and the pads have not expired. So when people need to use the AED, they unfortunately might discover it does not work.”

Pitman said Holston Valley wants to assist the community so these types of situations do not arise. His department also wants people who have AEDs to understand the importance of regular maintenance so the devices will be ready when they are needed.

The department is conducting the AED examinations as part of a national awareness campaign initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation as part of Healthcare Technology Management Week.

For further information, please call the clinical engineering department at 423-224-6460.