An AED or an Automated External Defibrillator is a requirement in many workplaces, community buildings, government buildings, schools and in commercial buildings. These devices can allow those trained in first aid and CPR to use the AED in life and death situations to provide the necessary immediate treatment until first responders arrive.
While the choice of the specific AED device is important, so is the selection of the AED cabinet. Most devices will not come with the cabinet so choosing one that works for your needs and space will be important. The positioning of the cabinet will also be critical, which is why the choice of options is going to be a factor.
Different AED devices or units are smaller or larger. While today’s models are more uniform and streamlined, if you have an older model of AED there will be more variability in size.
Always measure the physical space the AED will need. This allows you to choose a cabinet that can accommodate the device. Remember, these are AED cabinet options and not general first aid cabinets. Avoid storing other supplies and equipment in the same cabinet to protect the AED.
Recessed, Semi-Recessed or Surface Mount
Depending on where the AED cabinet will be positioned it can be recessed, semi-recessed or surface mounted. The recessed option will be flush with the surface of the wall, ideal for hallways or areas where there is traffic.
The semi-recessed will protrude slightly from the wall and the surface mounted will protrude the most, which also makes it easily identifiable.
Additionally, most units will have a smaller to larger glass window as well as information they contain the AED. Some also have alarm systems that provide an auditory notification if the door is opened, signaling for additional help. Strobe lights may also be provided on some units along with the alarm for immediate recognition of which AED is in use.