Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama has upgraded its automated external defibrillator (AED) offering to include the first remote AED monitoring system built to certify AED readiness.
Designed and created by Readiness Systems, AED Sentinel eliminates the need for human inspections of AEDs. The new system, which works with all existing wall-mounted AED models, can be remotely monitored, and provides legally defensible AED program performance reports, according to its makers.
Data is transmitted via a cellular network and can be integrated with third-party AED program asset-tracking systems.
“A recent episode of sudden cardiac arrest at our airport resulted in a successful save, and it also helped us realize there was an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to the safety of our passengers and our employees,” said Bobbie Knight, chairman of the board of directors for Birmingham Airport Authority.
“By voluntarily expanding our program to include more of the latest AEDs and becoming the first airport in the country to add newly available automated AED monitoring technology, we’re taking every measure to ensure our program is ready to protect our employees and our passengers during their journeys through the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.”
The upgrade, carried out by Cardiac Solutions and Readiness Systems, also includes 41 new cabinet-mounted AEDs, four new AEDs in mobile units, and a training program for airport staff.