AED Storage Case Capable of Functioning in Cold Locations
Misec has developed an automated external defibrillator (AED) storage case with temperature control, which prevents problems in cold locations such as malfunctions due to reduced battery output or frozen electrode pads.
"The case itself is made using urethane foam. Conventional storage cases use iron or plastic. Our case is constructed like a cooler. The case has a heater inside it. It has great temperature control performance, when the case is closed tightly the heater inside maintains the proper temperature. As a result, the AED core temperature doesn't drop."
Inside the case is an energy-efficient nano-heater. The heater is controlled by a thermostat so it only comes on when the temperature inside the case drops below 10 degrees centigrade.
" In a cold location, the pads may not stick, and just like ordinary dry cell batteries, in low temperatures AED batteries can lose power. This new product solves these problems."
The color of the case (Pantone 348C) is in line with specifications laid out by the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation. The stand with the AED case displays the address so the location can be reported immediately in an emergency.
"The carbon sheet heater we use in the product is very energy-efficient. It only uses about 40 watts of power, so it needs much less electricity than an ordinary industrial heater."
Currently the case requires a mains power supply, but in the future they plan to develop solar or wind powered models which can be located anywhere.