The Philips HeartStart Onsite AED features professional-grade functionality which incorporates many innovative features that make it ideal for the general public’s use. The Philips HeartStart Onsite AED helps to reduce deployment time by streamlining steps that helps rescuers to start the right therapy for their victims quickly and efficiently.
When we compare CPR today to CPR a decade ago due to advancements in medical equipment and community, we see that CPR is even more effective overall when coupled with an AED such as the Philips HeartStart Onsite AED. This AED includes some advanced features which really set it apart in performance during CPR.
Philips HeartStart Onsite AED Features
Here are few basics of the Philips HeartStart Onsite AED features:
Life Guidance walks you through every step
FDA approved to be sold without a Physician’s prescription
Quick shock technology reduces interruptions in compressions
Small, lightweight and is easy to maneuver in tight places.
Smart features that can detect and go at the pace of the rescuer
Rich clinical information, driving patient care
Patient-specific guidance with the Philips SMART Pads for the most appropriate initial therapy during CPR.
The Philips HeartStart Onsite AED helps to support a culture of continuous improvement and excellence using the Philips Data Management Solutions.
Adult and Child/Infant Pads can be easily and quickly interchanged with their innovative pad cartridges.
Built to endure, designed to evolve
The Philips HeartStart Onsite AED has an upgradable platform which allows you to take advantage of advancements now and in the future.
1100 pound (499 kg) crush test and IP 55 rating for protection against dust and water.
Tested to stringent military standards and is U.S. Army AWR certified.
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A good AED program management is very important to consider as AEDs, also known as automated external defibrillators, are becoming more and more common in public facilities and workplaces across the nation. AED program management has also been endorsed by several health care organizations and medical research studies, including The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and OSHA. Most States in the US also have regulations requiring some sort of AED program management.
Good AED program management implementation and maintenance
When it comes to implementing and maintaining a good AED program management, it goes far beyond the initial purchase. The purpose is not just for liability protection but also staying compliant with State and Federal requirements.
Because AEDs are considered a medical device according to the FDA, they require a physician’s prescription for purchase. As long as your AED is properly maintained you do not have to worry about adding anymore legal liability to your business while implementing an AED program.
13 percent of the workplace fatalities are due to sudden cardiac arrest. When using giving CPR and using an AED, it has been proven to increase survival rates by 3 times. For obvious reasons, employers are considering AED deployment an important aspect of their employee health and safety program according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
Unfortunately, there are several incident that have happened in the past where batteries in AEDs were dead during the time of a cardiac arrest. These kind of incidents among others have prompted authorities to regulate AED maintenance.
A good AED management program will link almost all participants including trainers, manufacturers, customers, distributors etc. Some of the other components which should be considered for a quality program management should include:
An easy-to-use and high-quality AED.
Medical direction and oversight.
A Web based maintenance and tracking system that should be accessible by all the program participants.
A standardized AED/CPR training and communication.
Continual program improvement and evaluation.
Delivering information about the location of your AED to local EMS and the health department.
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In this blog, we answer the question “Will an AED detect a pulse?” We will also talk about what an AED DOES do, and also what it DOES NOT do. These kind of questions are what we routinely cover in our basic CPR classes. Before we jump into answering this question, let’s do some heart physiology 101.
How does the heart work?
The heart is a big piece of muscle. Inside this muscle are lots of electrical wires. An electrical shock generates at the top of the heart and flows down the wires throughout the rest of the heart.
If you stick your finger in an outlet and get shocked, what happens? You tense up and your muscles contract. That’s exactly what’s happening in the heart. An electrical shock generates in the heart, causing it to contract which pumps the blood through the chambers of the heart and through the rest of the body.
Sometimes, the electrical system in the heart starts to malfunction for various reasons. This can cause the heart to either pump too slow, too fast, and sometimes not at all. When the heart stops pumping, that’s called cardiac arrest. There are 4 cardiac arrest rhythms.
Cardiac Arrest Rhythms
Ventricular Fibrillation – quivering of the entire heart
Ventricular Tachycardia – fast heart rate originating from the ventricles
Asystole – no electrical or mechanical response (the classic flat line)
Pulseless Electrical Activity – a normal rhythm but no pulse
What Does an AED Do?
An AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a portable electronic device used during CPR. It diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias. Specifically, it detects an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib or VF for short). There’s a another arrhythmia found during cardiac arrest called ventricular tachycardia (V-Tach or VT) which a lot of people think an AED can also detect. However, AEDs do not detect V-Tach which we’ll explain why in a little bit.
V-Fib is when the heart’s electrical system is spazzing out. There are multiple electrical currents firing at the same time all over the heart which cause the heart to fibrillate (or quiver). When an AED detects V-Fib, it treats this arrhythmia through the use of defibrillation, also known as electrotherapy, in an attempt to stop, restart, and restore a normal heart rhythm.
What An AED Does Not Do
It is a very useful piece of equipment, but an AED is also basic in the functions it provides. Will an AED detect a pulse? No, it can’t. An AED cannot detect a normal rhythm or pulse. There are so many variations of rhythms, it’s impossible for an AED to detect and accurately diagnose all of them. We still rely on humans to ultimately interpret heart rhythms.
An AED cannot detect a pulse because it is an “ELECTRO-cardiogram“. It only detects electrical impulses. It is not able to detect the physical/mechanical beating of a heart.
There are times when the heart can have electrical impulses going through it but the muscle is completely unresponsive to those electrical currents and is not contracting. One such rhythm is called V-Tach which we mentioned earlier. V-Tach is a rhythm found in both people who have a pulse and do not have a pulse. Since an AED cannot detect pulses, it will not shock V-Tach if it’s detected because it’s unable to determine if it’s truly cardiac arrest or not.
Now, there are very notable websites such as the NIH that will tell you that an AED can shock V-Tach. However, talk to AED manufacturers and they will tell you otherwise. I’m going to get nerdy for a second here and might loose some of you. Hang tight.
Danger of using an AED to shock V-Tach.
V-Tach is a serious problem whether a person has a pulse or not. In fact, as healthcare providers, we shock that rhythm regardless, but we don’t use an AED to do it.
If a person is in cardiac arrest due to pulseless V-Tach, we shock them with a manual defibrillator which means we analyze the rhythm, charge the system, and shock.
If a person is in V-Tach with a pulse, we shock them with a manual defibrillator as well but with one exception. Before charging and shocking the patient, we press a “Sync” button. This tells our defibrillator to sync up with the rhythm and shock only at a specific moment. If we do not sync with the rhythm and shock at the right moment, it can actually have the opposite effect and cause the person to go into cardiac arrest due to something called the R on T phenomenon.
What happens if the AED does not advise a shock?
Just because the AED says “no shock advised” does not mean everything is ok. Just like we said above, there are several rhythms an AED will not shock even though the person is in cardiac arrest. So, if you’re doing CPR and the AED does not advise a shock, that’s not necessarily a good sign.
The AED will tell you to continue doing CPR, and it will reanalyze again in 2 minutes. Once you start CPR and apply an AED, you don’t stop doing CPR unless one of theses things happen.
Remember the American Heart Association says that it is much better to give CPR to a person who doesn’t need it, rather that not give CPR to a person who does need it.
I hope that answers your questions. It’s a simple answer to the question, “Will an AED detect a pules?”, but we want to help people understand the reasoning and not just take the answer for face value.
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We get asked about the ‘best AED’ all the time. This question is hard to answer because depending on your location and needs the best fit for you can vary. The AED’s we recommend most often are the Heartsine Samaritan AED and the ZOLL AED plus. However, these are just a two options and there are a lot more we recommend. Read below to gain full understanding on what AED’s are, how they can be used, and what special features you may want to look for to meet your specific needs.
Why are AEDs so Important?
What are AEDs
An AED, also referred to as an Automated External Defibrillator, is a potentially lifesaving medical device that, over the years, has grown more and more popular in a variety of offices and other work environments, along with CPR and AED training, to help adults and children who are experiencing cardiac arrest.
What are AEDs used for?
This particular medical device is used in cases where someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. The purpose of an AED is to analyze the rhythm of a person’s heart effectively and, if it’s irregular, deliver an electrical shock through pads placed on the victim’s chest that’ll help return the rhythm to its stable and normal rhythm.
AED’s are incredibly cost-effective life saving solutions, and given the role that AEDs play, there’s no doubt that they’re essential to have in absolutely every single public building. Cardiac arrest can strike at any time without warning and can affect even those who are young and seemingly physically fit.
AEDs are Safe and Reliable
AEDs only shock an irregular rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation. Therefore, it cannot and will not shock a normal heart beat. This makes it an incredibly safe device to be used in the case of emergency.
Cardiac arrest is defined as irregularity or termination of a person’s heartbeat, however, unlike a heart attack, it is an electrical problem that creates abnormal heart beats, preventing the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the organs. Given the severity of this problem, time is of the absolute essence, and this is where AEDs come in handy to provide potentially life-saving care.
It has been shown that every minute the use of an AED is delayed, the probability of survival decreases by 7-10 percent. If AEDs are used alongside CPR, then the probability of survival increases up by up to 75%. If AEDs are not used at all, the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest is less than 5%. According to the National Safety Council it has been shown that increased access to AEDs could save as many as 40,000 lives each year.
All these figures show the necessity and reliability of these life-saving devices. Given the high stakes of situations that require the use of AEDs, there are safety measures taken by the government that ensure that every AED device meets a specifically defined criteria to ensure their safety and reliability. The FDA has also issued a list of approved AED devices and require companies who sell AED devices to get federal clearance.
Growing Market and Demand for AEDs
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even young athletes. It’s the leading cause of death in people over the age of 40. As mentioned above, the use of AEDs at a critical moment can mean the difference between life and death, so given the uncertainty of cardiac arrests and high efficacy of these devices, the demand for AEDs is rising and there is a huge need and market for these products. According to an estimate, the global market for AEDs is predicted to rise to $4.47 billion in 2025, from $1.21 billion in 2016. The market for AEDs is predicted to set a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 15.8 percent.
AEDs in the workplace
Lately, there has been a consistent increasing trend in workplace induced stress, and stress is known to be one of the greatest causes of cardiac arrests. This means that there is a dire need of AEDs in the workplace. Although occupational health and safety rules and regulations do not require a defibrillator in the workplace, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends having the device readily available on job sites. Many workplaces have already started offering training programs on the use of AEDs in emergency situations which has increased the demand for these devices considerably.
OSHA has specified the following guidelines for the availability and use of AEDs in the workplace:
Designate employees that are authorized to use defibrillators in emergency situations
Train employees on proper use of AEDs, including manufacturer’s guidelines.
Place AEDs in areas where they can be accessed within 3 to 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest
Make sure that in-office AEDs are inspected, tested, and maintained as noted in the manufacturer’s specifications.
What to Look for in AEDs?
AEDs have evolved over time from their design and user functionality. There is a wide variety of different designs and unique features which set each AED apart and makes them a more practical choice for various communities.
However, all the bells and whistles aside, all AED’s practically function the same. One isn’t better at shocking than another. You may decide to choose an AED that is as small as possible to be able to travel with it, or you may choose an AED because you like the specific design that it has making it the most user friendly to you.
Variety of Choices
There are a multitude of different choices to pick from when purchasing an AED and it’s essential to know the specific things that you should watch out for when buying this device to ensure that you make the right decision and pick the best AED that’s perfectly suited to your needs and requirements.
Ease of Use
First and foremost, perhaps the key thing to remember when buying an AED is to ensure that it’s easy to use. While there are many feature-rich AEDs available that save lives, these can also end up being a bit complicated to use for the everyday passer-by or unnecessarily pricey.
Given the intense situations in which AEDs are usually required (such as in a home defibrillator situation), the best AED is a simple device in terms of its design and functionality so that anyone, even people who aren’t particularly familiar with these devices, can utilize them if need be. One example of such a design is the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P listed below, which has an incredibly simplistic and intuitive design.
Next, it’s essential to ensure that the AED you purchase comes with the necessary accessories. The best AEDs will come with electrode pads, a battery, and their own carrying case so that they’re portable and easily usable in any situation. It’s also worth looking into whether the AED you’re buying offers visual guidance or vocal instruction as this can be beneficial for someone who is attempting to use this device but has no prior experience with it.
You’ll have to make another choice when buying an AED, deciding whether or not you need an automatic AED or a semi-automatic AED. An automatic AED will, as the name suggests, automatically administer a shock if it detects irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). On the other hand, a semi-automatic AED will require some manual input from a user once it’s detected that a shock needs to be administered, though it can occasionally be more cost-effective.
Should you have the option of doing so, it’s worthwhile to invest in a fully automatic AED as it can save some much-needed seconds during a critical situation when things become a matter of life and death.
Fortunately, there are many AEDs available that fit the criteria mentioned above, and you can expect them to cost you anywhere between $1200-$3000 depending on how feature-rich and technologically advanced the final product is and what kind of warranty it may include.
To compare the durability of AEDs, there is an International Protection Rating system used to classify different AED products. This standardized system of classification is known as the Ingress Protection Rating or IP Code. This two-digit code indicates the level of protection against various solids and liquids. The first digit indicates protection against solid waste like dirt, dust, gunk, and grime. The range of this rating goes from 0 to 6 with 6 being the best protection. The second digit indicates the protection against water and ranges from 0 to 8 with higher number meaning better protection. An X on either of the digit means that the device was not tested or is not rated. The need for durability against harsh conditions depends on the nature of use but it is always suggested to go for the higher rated product for any device that you may travel with or use in an outdoor setting.
Lastly, warranty is another important factor to consider when purchasing an AED device. It’s necessary to know what is covered in the warranty and how long the warranty lasts. Most of the time the accessories don’t come with a warrantee so it is important to keep that in mind or have extra. Additionally, some AED’s may come with a service plan and customer service assistance.
The Best AED Products
The AEDs listed below cover all the fundamentals that a genuinely high-end and effective device of this sort should consist of, so, without further ado, let’s get right into them.
Size: 8.0″ x 7.25″ x 1.9″ (Smallest AED on the market)
IP Rating: 56 (Highest rated)
Battery Life: 6 hours of continuous monitoring or 60 shocks
Warranty: 8 years
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P is meant to be a simple, compact, and effective AED that’s designed to offer every single thing that one would expect from a high-end AED that perfectly serves its purpose.
This is a device that absolutely anyone, even someone who’s using it for the first time, will be able to utilize properly thanks to its simplified design. The Heartsine offers real-time coaching which will walk anyone through the steps to use the machine. Alongside its straightforward design, which revolves around no more than two buttons, this AED is lightweight, has a very small footprint and can easily be placed in any public location. It’s reasonably priced at $1315 and offers a warranty period of up to 8 years, the maximum of any AED.
Battery Life: 12 hours of continuous monitoring or 300 shocks
Warranty: 8 years
Philips designed the HeartStart Onsite AED for the ‘ordinary person in the extraordinary moment’ and this description flawlessly captures the essence of this device because, even with absolutely zero training with AEDs, you can still do everything that this device was designed for.
We all love when electronics come with the batteries included and the Philips Heartstart delivers! The Heartstart comes ready for use with a battery pre-installed and is immediately ready to be reused. After turning the AED on, users are guided via voice instructions giving step by step directions and automatically detecting when the steps are completed.
The device itself is fairly small and comes with a case to make it easily portable. This AED is priced fairly well at $1275 and comes with a considerable warranty period of 8 years, starting from the date of shipment.
Battery Life: 13 hours of continuous monitoring or 225 shocks.
Warranty: 7 years
The Zoll AED Plus is undoubtedly one of the best products in its class. It truly raises the bar for AEDs as a whole thanks to their intuitive design, IP55 rating, and ability to withstand challenging conditions such as extreme heights or temperature.
This AED also comes with real-time CPR assistance that guides users through the entire process and provides actual feedback through which one can determine what they’re doing wrong and what they can do to fix it. The pads and batteries of the Zoll AED Plus are rated to have a shelf-life of 5 years, and the warranty of the Zoll AED Plus itself can be up to 7 years.
This AED is priced at $1700, and it’s slightly heavier than others at a weight of 6.7lbs, but this is to be expected considering its feature-rich design.
Battery Life: 16 hours of continuous monitoring or 300 shocks. (with DBP-2800 battery pack)
Warranty: 8 years
The Defibtech Lifeline AED is a durable, reliable, and effective AED that’s no doubt capable of assisting in absolutely every single environment, thanks to its resilient and simplistic design.
This AED features a straightforward device with precise and straightforward voice prompts that’ll walk users through the entirety of its operations and ensure that they can utilize this device properly. Quite a few AEDs can seem a bit intimidating to use due to their intricate designs, but this isn’t the case with the Lifeline AED from Defibtech.
At 4.4lbs, the product also weighs a bit less than some of the bulkier options available and comes with a lengthy 8-year long product warranty.
Battery Life: x hours of continuous monitoring or 420 shocks
Warranty: 8 years
Dual Language: Yes
The Powerheart G5 is yet another reliable and effective AED, and this device demonstrates just how much technological advancement has been made in AEDs over the years. The defining aspect of the Powerheart G5 is the RescueCoach technology which is essentially a step-by-step and incredibly thorough guide that’ll walk users through the entirety of the process.
This ensures that the person who needs care gets it as quickly as possible; the RescueCoach also assists with CPR thanks to its real-time, data-driven feedback. This device is also rated at IP55, so it’s capable of withstanding harsh conditions, and it weighs about 5.7lbs if you include the battery and the pads. This AED is priced at $1820, which is expected considering its advanced features and has an 8 year-long warranty, a testament to its quality.
Battery Life: 12 hours of continuous monitoring or 300 shocks
Warranty: 8 years
Dual Language: Yes
The HeartStart FR3 is undoubtedly one of the most technologically advanced AEDs available yet. At the same time, it’s also incredibly simple in terms of usage and design.
A major highlight of the HeartStart FR3 is that it’s small and lightweight, weighing in at 3.8 lbs. Its compact size makes it one of the best choices to use in tight situations where a swift and effective response is critical to saving a life.
The Heartstart FR3 is rated IP55 meaning it will operate effectively even in harsh environments. It’s relatively straightforward design enables even those who are unfamiliar with AEDs, to utilize it and potentially save a life. This particular AED is priced a bit higher than most others at $2520, but it does have a variety of advantages that make it worth the cost.
Choosing the Best AED
No matter what you decide, speak with your doctor regarding your AED, and ensure that you know how to use it. The AED a device that saves lives when utilized correctly, so make sure you’ve got the right one for your needs.
Lastly, be aware that every state has regulations for AEDs which the average consumer knows nothing about. There aren’t any notices when you go to purchase the AED online which is why the majority of AED owners are never compliant with their state’s regulations.
In general, most states dictate the following.
You must have a prescription which is renewed annually for your AED.
There needs to be a written emergency action plan, and often times you’re required to submit that to your local EMS or health department.
Usually one or more people at your organization need to be trained in CPR.
A monthly log needs to be maintained for your AED.
If an incident occurs where you use the AED, they may require you to submit an incident report to the proper authorities.
Many people opt to use an AED Program Management service that handles all the compliance aspects for their AED. Generally, they are pretty affordable and some are very easy to use with a online portal, regular email reminders, and automated systems.
I hope this article was helpful in giving you some guidance as you choose the best AED for your organization. If you are interested in purchasing an AED, you can you shop our wide selection of AEDs.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are passionate about equipping individuals and communities with these lifesaving devices. Let us help you feel confident in whatever decision you make!
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Purchasing an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is an important step towards the safety of the people in your organization or business. In order to protect those involved, investing in an AED is a great way to be prepared for critical and life-threatening situations. In these situations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is vital, and an AED plays a crucial role.
The problem is it can be tricky to figure out exactly how much an AED will cost. Because of this, we prepared this guide that covers the average prices of devices. So, here’s the breakdown of AED device costs along with the costs of maintenance.
What To Look For In AEDs
All AEDs perform basically the same function, they deliver a shock in order to restore normal heart rhythms. There are, however, certain things you should look for when deciding on the best AEDs for your needs and requirements.
Here are a few things:
One of the first things you should look at is affordability. Generally, the less features the AED has, the cheaper it will be. This means you have to consider whether the extra features you’ll get with a more expensive device are worth it. When it comes to affordability, you could also consider vendors where you receive free shipping, so you can save some money there.
Simple and Straightforward. Ideally, you should get an AED that is easy to use so that anyone that hasn’t had training can use it.
Visual Guidance. Although all AEDs are relatively simple to use, it is helpful to have visual guidance in the device that can help untrained persons to use the device.
Compact and Portable. AEDs vary quite a bit when it comes to size and weight. This is something you’ll need to consider depending on where you’ll use the AED. For instance, if it’s just in your office, it’s not necessary to be that light and compact. In contrast, if you’ll be traveling with it, it’s better to look for a compact and light device.
Multiple Languages. Tying into the ease of use to a certain extent, a device that offers instructions in multiple languages is very helpful. This means anybody, irrespective of what language they speak, will be able to use the device.
When you shop AEDs, it’s important to consider the warranty that you get on the device. If at all possible, look for the device with the longest warranty.
FDA Approved. It’s always better to buy a device that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Should You Purchase an AED?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) it’s recommended to have an AED readily available on job sites. Here, they provide the following guidelines for the availability and use of AEDs in the workplace in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or ventricular fibrillation:
Designated employees that are authorized to use defibrillators in emergency situations.
Employees should be trained on the proper use of AEDs.
AEDs should be placed in areas where they can be reached within 3 to 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest.
In-office AEDs should be inspected, tested, and maintained as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
Apart from these guidelines, AEDs are often are required to be in places like sports facilities, schools, buildings with a high volume of people, medical buildings, assisted living facilities, and other locations which have a high risk for cardiac incidents.
Regardless of whether your office or business falls under the OSHA guidelines or not, it’s always good to have an AED because they save lives in emergencies. It’s great option for companies who prioritize workplace safety.
Costs of an AED Medical Device
Although a lot of research and development goes into AEDs and their prices are quite steep, they have become more readily available which led to them becoming more affordable.
For more affordable models you can expect to pay between $900 and $1,200 for an entry-level model. At the high end of the scale, the prices of the top-of-the-range AEDs can exceed $2000.
Keep in mind, though, that, like many other things, the price depends on the additional features and components you choose with the device. These can include everything from wall mounts, to signage, and emergency response kits. So, you’ll need to consider which AED accessories you want to purchase with your device to determine your final cost.
Costs of AED Maintenance
The costs of an AED device don’t stop with the initial purchase, though. You’ll also have to carry the costs of AED maintenance. For example, you’ll have to make provision for things like replacement pads and batteries and this has to be factored into the cost of ownership. We have a great AED comparison chart so you can see the lifetime cost of ownership for the most popular models.
An AED electrode pad can cost between $70-190 per set. These pads expire after about two to four years, and then need to be replaced. You’ll also have to consider the costs of lithium batteries. These batteries need to be replaced every 4 to 5 years and this will cost you on average about $175-250.
Lastly, there are the costs related to AED compliance. All states have some sort of requirement which generally includes an annual prescription, a written emergency action plan, and a monthly inspection log. You should consider an AED program management service that helps you remain compliant with your state’s AED regulations.
I hope this article was helpful in giving you some guidance as you choose the best AED for your organization. If you are interested in purchasing an AED, you can you shop our wide selection of AEDs.
One thing to remember when it comes to using Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) is that their batteries have a limited life expectancy and will inevitably expire at some time. Because of this, it’s essential to be aware of their expiration dates and crucial to keep a replacement battery on hand for when this happens.
The last thing you want is a situation where you have to deal with a sudden cardiac arrest or other life-threatening emergencies with an AED without battery power. To prevent a situation like this, we’ll look at the effective life ranges for AED batteries and electrode pads in this article. You’ll also learn how to keep track of batteries so you know when it’s time to replace them.
How Long Are AED Batteries Good For?
AEDs typically have one or more dates listed on them. There may, for instance, be a date of manufacture and expiration date. There could also be an “install by” date.
In relation to battery life, these dates indicate the following:
Manufactured date – This date indicates the date on which the battery was manufactured.
Expiration date – This is the date after which the battery will no longer function and is typically 2 to 7 years from the date of manufacturing.
“Install by” date – This is when the battery should be installed in an AED in order for expiration date and battery warranty to be valid.
Based on these dates, AED batteries generally have a stand by life of between 2 and 7 years, depending on the specific battery. As a result, when the expiration date comes, it’s time to get a replacement battery.
Prime Medical Training carries a wide variety of AED batteries including:
AED pads are generally constructed of plastic, metal, and conductive gel. The chemicals in this gel break down over time, and the gel tends to dry out. As a result, electrode pads expire. Every set of AED pads will have an indicated expiry date, and the pads will need to be replaced before the expiration date. Depending on the brand, AED pads have a shelf life of between two and five years.
Considering how important it is to replace AEDs and pads in time, you should keep track of the date of manufacture, expiry date, and the date you installed the battery.
To do this, you could, for instance:
Do a physical check of the dates printed on the batteries regularly.
Adding visual alerts on a calendar, so you’ll know when batteries need to be replaced.
Creating e-alerts that will alert you when you’ll need to replace the batteries.
Calling the battery provider or manufacturer on their provided phone number.
Another option is to enroll in an AED Program Management program which will maintain your AEDs and keep track of their batteries and pads.
Your AED is a crucial piece of equipment, whether you use it to save lives or CPR training. In turn, pads and batteries are a critical part of your AED, so you must keep up-to-date with their expiration dates and replace them when required.
Hopefully, this post helped illustrate how to know when batteries expire and keep track of your AED batteries. For more information, you can view our AED store or contact us for more details.
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Determining the best AED for your church or place of worship is no small task. With so many defibrillators on the market, it can be difficult to determine which is best for you. So we’ve done the hard work for you and picked our top three AEDs for churches. Read on to determine which AED is perfect for your place of worship.
Are AEDs Required in Churches?
To determine whether or not the law requires you to have an AED in your place of worship, you need to check with local laws. In Tennessee, there’s no state law requiring churches to keep an AED on the premises. Just because there’s no legal requirement, however, doesn’t mean there’s no reason to have one.
AEDs can make the difference between life and death in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. If your congregation skews older and/or is particularly large, you’re likely to encounter at least one cardiac emergency in your church’s lifetime. Once a person’s heart has stopped, every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation decreases their chances of survival by 7-10%.
What’s the Best AED for Churches?
When you’re looking to purchase an AED for your place of worship, you’ll need to consider a few factors. Taking the following features into consideration will help you determine the right AED for your church.
Ease of Use
By far the most important feature is ease of use. A good public use AED (the kind you should purchase for public places) should be designed so anyone can pick one up and use it. We highly recommend staff members and volunteers receive AED training, but you can’t always guarantee trained personnel will be near the person having a heart attack.
The best AED for your church should have easy-to-follow instructions, preferably in multiple languages. The pads should be easy to use, and the shock button should have a clear label.
Durability & Ease of Maintenance
You’ll also need an AED that’s easy to maintain. Monitoring the charge of the battery, replacing or recharging the battery, and other maintenance work shouldn’t be a hassle. There should be clear indicators for when the battery’s charge is depleted or nearing depletion, and charging or replacing the battery should be a simple task.
Moreover, the body of the device should be durable, able to resist wear-and-tear while also withstanding any bumps or falls that could come from handling or moving the device.
Easy Pediatric Capabilities
Obviously, any place of worship needs to care for children as much as adults. What some AED purchasers refuse to realize, however, is that AEDs require separate pads for children and adults. Some AEDs don’t include pediatric pads with their device, so it’s important to figure out if they do and—if they don’t—how much the pediatric pads cost.
This is extremely important as younger, smaller children (eight years old and younger, and/or under 55 pounds) require a lower-level shock than adolescents and full-grown adults.
Since most places of worship are non-profits, you clearly don’t want to break the bank when purchasing an AED. Be sure to weigh the value of the models’ features versus their costs, taking into account which features you have the most need for.
You should also consider the cost of replacement pads, replacement batteries, and any other accessories you’d like to buy alongside your AED. Even if you don’t purchase these items right away, you’ll likely need to purchase them at some point during your AED’s lifespan. You may end up purchasing them multiple times throughout the years. Especially in the case of batteries, you should take note of their lifespan and shelf life.
The Zoll AED Plus has the unique distinction of providing both shocks and CPR guidance. While any good AED should have instructions about performing CPR, the Zoll AED is the only AED which tracks your CPR and provides feedback. Audio and visual prompts also guide you through the rescue with clear and concise language.
The Zoll AED Plus Semi-Automatic costs $2,100 and includes a soft carry case, a one-piece CPR-D padz, a battery, a fast response kit, and a 7-year warranty.
Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2
The Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR’s simple and portable design makes it perfect for public use. To further this goal, the LIFEPAK has bilingual instruction abilities. The LIFEPAK uses ClearVoice technology to deliver both English and Spanish instructions when connected to wifi. These audio instructions also automatically adjust the volume to compensate for background noise.
The LIFEPAK CR2 also gains functionality when connected to wifi. These functions include remote monitoring and cprINSIGHT Technology to determine the degree and usefulness of a shock. The device also provides different CPR instructions and feedback for children and adults.
The LIFEPAK CR2 Semi-automatic costs $1,745 and comes with 4-year electrodes, a 4-year battery, a carrying bag, and an 8-year warranty.
Cardiac Science Powerheart G5
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 utilizes automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy, and fast shock times. RescueCoach user-paced prompts, also allows for clear instruction delivery and ease of use. It’s advanced technology also customizes energy levels for and allows quick delivery of post-CPR shocks.
The Powerheart G5 also includes Patented Rescue Ready technology, which allows the AED to self-check critical electrical components. Via USB, users can also quickly transfer and review data. There’s also numerous features for durability and ease of maintenance.
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 Semi-Automatic AED with Eng/Span Language costs $1,820 and includes a battery, iCPR Adult Pads with CPR Feedback, a Premium Carry Case, and a Universal Ready Kit.
For many organizations, an AED is an essential piece of equipment. It’s not unusual to find AEDS in churches, dental offices, and even stadiums. Most of us know the importance of having an AED, but buying one can be a confusing experience. Just like cars, there is the cost to purchase an item but then also a cost to maintain the item as well as outfit it with the appropriate accessories. We’ve created an AED comparison chart to help you easily compare AED features, AED costs, and more.
Generally speaking, there’s two types of AEDs: public access AEDs and professional use AEDs. While both types of AED’s work towards the same goal—saving someone’s life by delivering a shock to restart their heart—they’re very different in appearance, controls, and price.
If you’ve ever watched a medical drama and heard a paramedic shout “Clear!” you likely saw them using a professional use AED. These AEDs typically cost upwards of $2,000 dollars and are meant for emergency medical professionals like paramedics and EMTs.
A public access AED—also called a home AED—are generally smaller, more compact, and have simple designs so anyone can use them in the event of a cardiac emergency. While it is highly recommended you receive AED training to operate a public access AED, they’re designed for anyone to use. In fact, most every AED comes with clear, concise instructions so anyone can operate them quickly in a life-threatening situation.
Because professional-use AEDs aren’t recommended for the layperson, we sell several Home AEDs that are available through our website. You can find links to each AED in the chart above. We also offer CPR/AED training courses so you can be prepared to do CPR in the event of a cardiac emergency as well as use an AED.
Best AED Features to Look For
To assess which AED is right for your home or business, you need to take its features into account. You will want to be mindful to examine features so you don’t pay for something you don’t need, or miss out on something you do just because you’re looking at the bottom line.
Basic AED Features
All AEDs should have a few basic features. Of course, the ability to shock someone’s heart is the primary feature, but that jolt needs to come from somewhere. All AEDs need a battery—either replaceable or rechargeable—and at least one indicator to show when the battery is reaching depletion. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to see the exact level of charge.
Another important feature is the instructions’ format. Unless you’re operating a medical facility, you likely won’t purchase a professional use AED. As we mentioned previously, public access AEDs come with clear, concise instructions. The way the AED delivers these instructions, however, can vary. Some AEDs only come with written instructions, while others also have audio instructions. Many will give language options for English or Spanish. If you’re buying an AED for use in the home, consider if any one that may use it has vision issues or hearing issues you would want to mitigate.
Advanced AED Features
Of course, the above features are the bare minimum of considerations. If you have more extensive needs, you may need more features. For example, many AEDs also come with a warranty. If they do, you’ll want to take into account how long that warranty lasts, what it covers, and other terms and conditions. These warranties are very important if you are buying a public access AED for a high-traffic organization, since you never know when an emergency will occur and who will operate it. If any damage occurs, you’ll want to repair it as soon as possible.
You’ll also want to consider advanced maintenance features. Some AEDs come with USB ports or wifi connectivity so you can easily monitor the AEDs status and retrieve usage data remotely. Some people would prefer the convenience of having alerts sent to their phone when the battery needs replacing, while others don’t mind checking manually.
More advanced public access AEDs have the ability to walk the user through the process of using the AED in an emergency situation. Some AED’s can even tell which steps the user’s completed and give the next instructions accordingly.
You’ll want to seriously consider which features you need and which you don’t and then weigh those against their cost.
What’s the Cost of an AED?
As you can see from the chart above, AEDs range in cost from about $1,200 to around $3,300. Public access AEDs usually cost less than $1,600, with prices ranging from $1,200 – $1,900. This, of course, isn’t counting the cost of accessories which typically aren’t included with the AED (spare batteries and pads, for example).
An AED isn’t a small investment, but it’s an important one. If you need an AED but can’t afford one upfront, then you should consider our financing options which allow individuals or organizations to pay for an AED and it’s accessories through monthly or quarterly payments.
If you’re still considering whether or not you should even purchase an AED, keep in mind that there are 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the U.S. every year according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. That’s around 1,000 people every day. An AED nearby could save someone’s life.
Having an AED is also a smart investment from a pragmatic standpoint. If someone is injured or dies on your property, you could find yourself subjected to litigation. Even if you are deemed not responsible and the lawsuit is quickly dismissed you may have fees to pay to a lawyer. In this event, you will find an AED is cheaper than a lawsuit. As health and safety standards increase across the world, it’s not long before AED’s are expected everywhere in the same way first aid kits are.
Buying AED Kits & Accessories
Many AEDs will come with accessories like carrying cases, but you may find yourself in need of more equipment. For example, if you plan to keep your AED in plain view of the public, you’ll need a cabinet to keep it in and a sign to mark it. You may also want to purchase extra pads and batteries in case the current ones die or get used. For places with high use, extra pads and batteries are crucial. We’ve even helped one client resupply their equipment three times in one weekend after repeated use!
Some AED’s offer kits. These kits usually contain biohazard bags for safe disposal of certain items, disposable gloves, scissors to quickly cut off clothing, a razor to shave the chest where the pads are being applied, disinfecting wipes, a towelette, and a CPR mask. These kits make it easier to spend time focusing on giving care by keeping all necessary tools in one place.
Another point of consideration is whether or not the accessories and the AED need to be the same brand. If you are purchasing extra battery packs and pads, the answer is usually yes. Typically, pads and batteries are designed specifically for the brand or device in question, and therefore aren’t compatible with other AEDs. However, if you’re looking to buy a kit, cabinet, et cetera, then they likely don’t need to be the same brand.
To browse AED kits and accessories, you can check out AED Source’s selection through this link.
If you’re looking to purchase an AED, there are many factors to consider. Not only do you have to consider the AED itself—with all relevant features and the price—but you’ll also need to think about what accessories you need, and how those fit in with you and/or your organization.
Whether you live with someone at risk for sudden cardiac arrest or run a busy organization, an AED is an indispensable and life-saving device. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike at any time, and an AED can mean the difference between life and death.
Home AEDs and defibrillators are becoming much more popular in the US, and for good reason. Having an AED close by can be the difference between life and death. Here’s our guide to choosing the best AED for home and what you should look for before making a purchase.
What Makes AED Good for Homes?
When deciding which AED to purchase for your home, there are certain factors you’ll want to consider. Naturally, you’ll want to make sure your AED is FDA-approved. A faulty AED could fail when you need it most or even cause further injury.
You should also take a look at other factors; size, power, ease of use, and ease of maintenance are all important traits.
You’ll want to store your AED in plain view so it’s easy to access and monitor. While some may not mind a larger device taking up space or becoming an obvious statement piece, many would prefer something unobtrusive.
Power & Battery Type
Most AEDs are designed with portability in mind, so almost all of them are battery-powered. While the exact specifications of a battery can vary, there’s generally one consideration you’ll want to keep in mind: is the battery rechargeable or non-rechargeable?
Unless your family has a frequent need for a home AED, a rechargeable battery isn’t a stringent requirement. Still, some may feel an extra sense of security when utilizing a rechargeable battery.
Either way, you’ll want to check the specifications on your battery. There, you should find information on the shelf life or standby life (how long the battery lasts when it isn’t being used), and when the low battery indicator will come on.
Ease of Use
While some AED sellers will want to see proof you’re trained to use an AED, you can’t guarantee you’ll be the one who needs to use it in an emergency. While you can (and should) take strides to make sure you and your family members and/or roommates know how to use the AED, ease of use is still important.
The best AED will come with clear and concise instructions about both using the defibrillator and performing CPR. All instructions should be easy to read, and the shock button should have a clear label.
Ease of Maintenance
The average person doesn’t always have the time or resources to take an AED to a specialized repair shop anytime something needs updating. The ideal home AED should have a battery that’s easy to replace and/or recharge, and have clear indicators for when maintenance is needed. An AED that’s difficult to maintain is one you can’t depend on in an emergency.
How Much Does a Home AED Cost?
A home AED—also called a public access AED—is very different from a professional use AED. If you’ve ever watched a medical drama and heard them shout “Clear!” you likely saw them using a professional use AED. If you’re shopping for AEDs and see prices over $2,000, you’ve probably stumbled upon the professional use AEDs.
Home AEDs usually cost less than $1,600, with prices ranging from $1,200 – $1,900. Though this might seem pricey, remember this device could save your life.
What’s unique about the Zoll AED Plus is that it provides both shocks and CPR guidance. While many AEDs have in-depth instructions about performing CPR, the Zoll AED is the only AED which sees your CPR and provides feedback. Audio and visual prompts also guide you through the rescue with unmatched clarity.
The Zoll AED Plus Semi-Automatic includes a soft carry case, a one-piece CPR-D padz, a battery, a fast response kit, and a 7-year warranty.
HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P is clinically advanced, lightweight, compact, and easy-to-use. The AED also has audio and visual prompts to guide the user step-by-step through the rescue process. Additionally, the Samaritan PAD 350P utilizes SCOPE Technology, optimizing the chances for defibrillation success.
The Samaritan PAD 350P is also extremely resistant to moisture and dust. Moreover, the practical Pad-Pak—which incorporates the battery and electrodes in a single-use cartridge—which means only one expiration date to monitor.
The Samaritan PAD 350P Semi-Auto AED comes with one Adult Pad-Pak, a semi-rigid carry case, and an 8-year warranty.
Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2
The Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2 is simple, portable, and made for use by the general public. To help facilitate this, the LIFEPAK has instructions in both English and Spanish. The LIFEPAK also uses ClearVoice technology to deliver instructions in both English and Spanish (when connected to wifi). These audio instructions also automatically adjust the volume to compensate for background noise.
When connected to wifi, the LIFEPAK CR2 also allows for remote monitoring, cprINSIGHT Technology to determine the degree and usefulness of a shock. The device also provides instructions and feedback for CPR on both children and adults.
The LIFEPAK CR2 Semi-automatic comes with 4-year electrodes, a 4-year battery, a carrying bag, and an 8-year warranty.
Cardiac Science Powerheart G5
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 combines automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy, and fast shock times. Alongside RescueCoach user-paced prompts, these factors create an ease-of-use perfect for an emergency situation. It’s advanced technology also allows for customized energy levels for and quick delivery of post-CPR shocks.
The Powerheart G5 also includes numerous features for durability and easy maintenance. Through Patented Rescue Ready technology, the AED can self-check critical electrical components. Via USB, users can also quickly transfer and review data.
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 Semi-Automatic AED with Eng/Span Language includes a battery, iCPR Adult Pads with CPR Feedback, a Premium Carry Case, and a Universal Ready Kit.
Philips HeartStart OnSite
The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED uses Life Guidance to guide you through a cardiac emergency with a simple, step-by-step process. With help from the SMART Pads’s sensors, the AED will sense when you’ve completed each step and will refrain from giving further instructions until the previous steps are completed. This will prevent the user from feeling rushed or panicked.
The Philips Heartstart OnSite AED includes a 4-year battery, 2-year Adult Pads Cartridge, a Standard Carrying Case, and an 8-year warranty.
The Defibtech Lifeline AED has a simplified, streamlined design which allows for distraction-free use. With only two batteries and no moving parts or lids, the LifeLine AED ensures a smooth rescue process.
With one of the most advanced batteries in the industry, the light alerts the user to the device’s readiness. The Lifeline AED is also easy to upgrade and update utilizing the data card. This card also allows for easy retrieval of event data.
Should Every Home Have an AED?
While sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone—even those without a history of heart problems—there are some who are more at risk than others. Your living situation, age, and medical history can affect your chances of having a heart attack, therefore increasing your need for an AED.
Even if you have none of these risk factors, you may still want to consider a home AED if you live somewhere remote and/or difficult to access. Minutes can make a difference when you have sudden cardiac arrest, and if snow, rugged terrain, or distance may delay an ambulance, then a home AED is all the more important.
Home AED Training Courses
As mentioned previously, it’s important you know how to use your AED. After all, no machine will do you any good if you can’t use it properly. In fact, some AED sellers will require you to present proof you know how to use an AED.
AED Regulations You Need To Follow in the Workplace
AEDs, also known as automated external defibrillators, are a crucial form of lifesaving technology that could prevent cardiac emergencies from having fatal results.
Cardiac arrest is the cause of 13% of workplace fatalities. In emergencies, the use of and AED and CPR has increases the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims three fold. Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical system personnel results in only 5-7% survival. Studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.
The odds of survival are definitely much better in the presence of an AED. If you have an AED in the workplace, you can quickly provide medical assistance to cardiac arrest patients. Since a cardiac arrest emergency can suddenly happen, you should ensure that your AED is accessible and ready for use anytime.
Owning an AED is not overly complicated, however there are AED regulations you should be aware of in your workplace. Below we will take a look at the rules governing AEDs for workplace use.
Brief History of AED State and Federal Legislation
Florida was the very first state to enact a broad public access law in 1997. As of 2010, all 50 states in the U.S. now have AED regulations or defibrillator use laws. While legislation varies in each state, the laws include guidelines to:
Increase the availability and use of AEDs
Limit civil liability for lay bystander AED use
Require businesses, schools, and others to implement Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs
The first US federal law on AEDs was the Aviation Medical Assistance Act approved by President Bill Clinton in 1998. This federal law requires that air carriers include AED’s on their aircraft and train flight attendants in the use of such equipment. Additionally, the law declares that an air carrier shall not be liable for damages in any action brought in any court arising out of the carrier’s performance assisting a passenger in an in-flight medical emergency or out of a passenger’s actions or errors while rendering assistance.
Are AEDs Required in the Workplace?
Currently, there are no federal laws that require workplaces to have AEDs present. However, there are certain workplaces that have industry regulations requiring the presence of AEDs.
Some U.S. states have proposed or enacted laws regarding the mandatory placement of AEDs depending on the type of workplace. Examples of these workplaces include school athletic complexes, gyms, health clubs, and other public spaces. Compliance with AED laws is a must if your business falls under one of these categories.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages the installation of devices in workplaces. Furthermore, OSHA recommends workplaces biannually retrain on how to perform CPR and use an AED.
As more people realize the benefits of having an AED, many businesses opt to get them voluntarily. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at anytime. Even young and healthy children can be victims of SCA. Placing an AED in your workplace gives everyone in the area the best chance of survival in the event of SCA. Because of this, most states have encouraged the wide use and availability of AEDs.
What Do You Need To Own an AED in the Workplace?
The specific requirements for having an AED may vary depending on the state your business is located in. Check out the AED laws by state to find out what the regulations regarding AED requirements are in your own state.
These are the general requirements for owning an AED in your office:
AED/CPR training requirements
AED registration requirements
AED medical direction requirements
Post-use paperwork and filing requirements
AEDs are a crucial element of workplace safety. We recommend purchasing an AED from a trustworthy company that offers a variety of options, such as AED Source.
Check out our products here to compare quality AEDs for your office. We are open to your questions about AED manufacture, maintenance, and expiration. We can help you learn about the various features of different AED’s.
Contact us through our website form or call us at 1-888-288-9049 today to inquire about our AED products and other services like CPR/AED classes or First Aid courses.