LOUISVILLE, KY — No national standards exist for the maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and their registration with manufacturers, making these practices voluntary and highly variable. What the public may not realize is that when AEDs are not registered, there is a greater chance that they will fail when needed.

That’s the finding of a study conducted by cardiologist Brad Sutton, MD, an assistant professor of medicine and assistant dean for health strategy and innovation at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The group found that significant variability exists in how AEDs are registered and maintained and because of this variability, the true risk for failure remains unknown.

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