Although remarkable medical skill and mental fortitude are both necessities for success in emergency medical services, functioning devices are also necessary as well. These devices allow for the prompt communication and vital emergency treatments needed to keep patients out of danger while they are transported to nearby hospitals. If devices (and their power sources) are not properly stored and maintained, patients could be left susceptible. Thus, EMS technicians are advised to always have the following replacement batteries on hand:
Automatic External Defibrillator Batteries
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are used for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. The shock delivered by these devices allows patients to reestablish effective heart rhythms, thus preventing cardiac arrest. Due to their portable nature, AEDs are powered by batteries, which, due to frequent use, have the potential to drain quickly. Thus, they must be properly charged and replaced in a timely manner to ensure that they function reliably functioning. It is advisable for EMS technicians to store AED replacement batteries, as a faulty battery at the wrong time could prove deadly.
Manual Defibrillator Batteries
The use of AEDs may not be advisable in all emergency scenarios. When manual application of electric shock is necessary, EMS professionals turn to manual defibrillators. These defibrillators provide superior tracking of pacing and blood pressure, allowing for more targeted treatment in cardiac emergency situations. Typically larger and not nearly as portable as AEDs, manual defibrillators possess unique battery requirements, which must be closely followed to ensure consistent functioning. Some manual defibrillators may power on as AEDs; all require the presence of backup batteries, just in case.
Resuscitation Pump Batteries
Designed for the prompt management of IV fluid and blood, resuscitation pumps can be utilized in a variety of contexts. They are especially useful for the managed delivery of IV fluids, as well as the restoration of intravascular volume. To ensure continued reliability of these portable pumps, EMS professionals should regularly replace their batteries and, if possible, keep extra replacement batteries on hand.
Radio System Batteries
Prompt communication is absolutely vital in emergency situations; as such, EMS crews are equipped with radio devices that allow for easy communication with other EMS techs, as well as emergency dispatchers. All elements of EMS radio systems must be adequately powered through regular charging and scheduled battery replacements. Due to the sheer number of devices that make up standard EMS radio systems, several backup batteries should be within easy access of EMS professionals at all times.
EMS technicians need to know that they can rely on functional devices at all times. The presence of replacement batteries provides ample peace of mind and, in the worst-case scenario, can prevent emergency protocol from being derailed by faulty devices. Be prepared for any situation that comes your way, and build your stock of replacement medical batteries now.