Traveling With an AED

When planning your next vacation, long weekend, business trip, or any kind of travel, you may wonder how to bring along your AED. Typically you can bring your AEDs with you anywhere you go, but when traveling by car or airplane, there are a few key points to keep in mind to ensure your device stays in optimal functioning condition. 

Can You Fly with a Defibrillator?

When traveling by plane, you may want to bring your AED with you. It is important to carefully review the regulations and procedures before traveling on an aircraft with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Although generally allowed, passengers are required to follow certain guidelines in order to maintain a smooth journey. If you are transporting an AED on an airplane, it should be placed in your carry-on bag rather than your checked luggage. This will allow for instant access to the AED if necessary during the flight and allows for actively monitoring its battery to avoid potential fire hazards.

Lithium-ion batteries found in AEDs have the potential to overheat and ignite during transport if mishandled or damaged, so placing them in your carry-on bag allows for close monitoring and preventive steps against battery fires. Larger AEDs using lithium-ion batteries may not be permitted due to safety concerns and have specific transport regulations due to overheating that could potentially spark fires; for this reason, it is wise to verify both size and type before planning your journey. Smaller AED models that comply with airline regulations are usually better suited than larger AED models when making travel plans.

It is a good idea to let security personnel know that you have an AED at security checkpoints. This will make them aware of your device, and they may ask for extra inspection or screening. To ensure the safety of passengers, it is important to follow airline guidelines and regulations when traveling with an AED. Airlines may make updates or changes to their policies regarding AEDs and battery safety. It is best to contact the airline as well as relevant authorities in advance if you have any questions or concerns about transporting an AED. They will be able to provide the most accurate and up-to-date advice on any procedures or requirements necessary for traveling with an AED, including battery safety guidelines. 

When traveling by car, there are fewer restrictions for bringing your AED along. However, it's important to consider the effects of temperature, both hot and cold, on the device. 

Bringing an AED for your Car

Extreme temperatures can have a detrimental impact on an AED's performance and effectiveness. When traveling or storing an AED in your car, the temperature must be carefully considered. High temperatures could reduce battery life or compromise the overall functionality of an AED device. Excessive heat can accelerate battery degradation, leading to reduced power or device malfunction. Prolonged exposure in closed vehicles may be particularly detrimental. Avoid leaving your AED in a hot car for extended periods and out of direct sunlight. On the opposite spectrum, extremely cold temperatures could also compromise an AEDs performance. Cold temperatures can accelerate the discharge rate of batteries, potentially lessen the device's effectiveness, and impair electronic component functionality. To protect your AED from potential damage, avoid leaving your AED in a car exposed to freezing temperatures for prolonged periods. 

Consider using temperature-controlled storage solutions such as insulated cases or containers with temperature regulation capabilities in order to protect the AED from extreme temperatures, keeping its internal temperatures within the ideal 32° to 110-degree range. 

Things to Consider When Traveling With Your AED 

When traveling with your AED, it is important to ensure it is properly functioning and you have all the necessary supplies. Before heading out for your trip, you should check your AED for the green status light indicating the device is in working condition. Once you have verified that your AED is in good condition check the expiration date on all of your supplies like the electrode pads and the battery. Make sure that all your supplies are within their expiration dates and will last throughout the duration of your travel. When packing for your trip be sure to include an extra set of electrode pads as well as a backup battery to guarantee you will have all the needed supplies in the case of an emergency. By taking the time to check your AED's functionality, ensuring the expiration dates on your supplies, and packing backup electrodes and batteries, you can confidently travel with your AED knowing that you are fully equipped to respond to a cardiac emergency.

Whether you are traveling by plane or car, it is important that you are aware of the rules and regulations for taking an automated external defibrillator with you on your trip. Always place your AED in your carry-on bag to ensure instant access while flying. Also, monitor the battery for any potential fire hazards. Be aware of any restrictions on size or battery imposed by the airline, and alert security staff at check-in points about your AED. When traveling in a car be aware of the impact temperature can have on your AED. Cold temperatures can accelerate discharge and compromise electronic components while extreme heat can reduce battery life and disrupt device functionality. Avoid leaving your AED in your vehicle Instead, utilize temperature-controlled storage solutions to maintain its ideal operating temperature range. It is important to ensure that your AED is working properly before you embark on a journey. Check for the AED's green status light, check the expiration date for electrode pads and batteries as well as pack extra supplies, such as backup batteries and extra electrode pads. Now you can travel with confidence knowing you have all the necessary equipment in the case of a sudden cardiac emergency.