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The Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee has produced guidelines (updated 2022) which gives GAA Clubs advice and recommendations in key areas such as acquisition, accessibility & storage, training and maintenance of AEDs.

  • ACCESSIBLE – make sure that your defibrillator is stored in an area where ACCESS is not restricted, remember time is critical. Specialised units are available for outdoor storage.
  • CHARGED – Ensure that your defibrillator is fully charged and that self-tests have passed by carrying out weekly inspections. Ensure that your battery and pads (pad-paks) have not reached their expiry date.
  • TRAINED – Ensure there are enough TRAINED rescuers to respond anytime the Clubhouse or pitches are occupied.

Storage and Maintenance

  • We remind Clubs of the importance of correct storage and maintenance of the Club defibrillator
  • Performance of the defibrillator may be compromised if the manufacturer’s recommendations are ignored
  • For Clubs who purchased their defibrillator as part of the National Defibrillator Scheme several years go, if you have been storing your defibrillator in an unsuitable external cabinet, you can get your machine checked by contacting +353 1 4578719
  • Approved, heated, outdoor cabinets are available from Heartsafety Solutions on +353 1 4578719 or by e-mailing [email protected]
  • Maintaining your defibrillator is very easy, a weekly inspection is essential to ensure this life-saving equipment is always ready if required.
  • Please read your user manual and visit for further information and demonstration videos.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority Advice on Automated External Defibrillators

The HPRA has published this following to provide advice on selecting an AED for use in a community setting. It also provides recommendations for maintaining the device after it has been purchased. Please click below to view the advice -

For further information please contact the GAA Player Welfare Manager - Eoghan Tuohey ([email protected])