Maintenance costs for automated external defibrillators

Has anyone in the province found ways to finance the ongoing maintenance costs of Automated External Defibrillators, particularly when they are set up in schools?

Background: Schools are apparently receiving free AEDs thru grants (some from HSFO) but grants don’t cover ongoing maintenance costs which come to average of $120 per AED per year. Some public health units are being asked by school boards and EMS to cover these costs. We certainly don’t have budget allocation for that. Do you have any suggestions for grants or somewhere we could recommend to school boards to seek funds?

Please respond by commenting below.

2 thoughts on “Maintenance costs for automated external defibrillators

  1. Hi Carol,

    Perfectly reasonable request – please feel free to share my comments. Furthermore, I think we would be open to a dialogue that addresses this issue. If your network has any thoughts please consider sharing them with us. We may not be able to support all of the views or recommendations that come forward, but would be open to understanding what approaches your representation feels are valuable.

    Andrew Lotto | Manager, Resuscitation | 416 489 7111 ext 825

    From: Carol MacDougall []
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:16 PM
    To: Andrew Lotto
    Cc: Sue Turner
    Subject: RE: AED Maintenance Costs

    Thx for your response, Andrew.
    May I share it with our Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition members?
    I’d like to explore how various jurisdictions have dealt with this ongoing cost, in case there are creative ideas that aren’t immediately apparent to me.

    From: Andrew Lotto []
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:57 AM
    To: Carol MacDougall
    Cc: Sue Turner
    Subject: RE: AED Maintenance Costs

    Hi Carol,

    Sue Turner asked me to respond to your question. I am the Manager of the provincial resuscitation program with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and I’m responsible for our AED program. The only insight I can share is that I am not aware of any special provisions (or grants, as you indicated) that would support facilities to cover the ongoing cost and maintenance of AED units in the community. To date the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s role in deploying AEDs has been to act as a catalyst to make units available to communities that want to ensure the cardiac safety of their local population… be it in Schools, First Nations, Municipalities or Parks & Recreation programs. We have consistently maintained that individual programs or Municipalities need to create provisions to support the development of an infrastructure or system for maintaining local AEDs. Some areas have done this more completely then others, some schools have fundraised to meet this requirement, some have absorbed the cost.

    This is an extremely important point and I hope you understand that my comments are not meant to diminish the challenge posed to schools as they consider the safety of their students. I also appreciate that this may not be as helpful as you would like, but it is our understanding at this time.

    Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions.

    Andrew Lotto | Manager, Resuscitation | 416 489 7111 ext 825

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