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The True Cost Of A Defibrillator (Including Hidden Costs!)

What is the true cost of a defibrillator? Are there any hidden costs? Discounts? Grants? AED Source investigates pricing, features and where to buy a defibrillator from.

 

How much does a defibrillator cost?

Automated External Defibrillators are not cheap, but they also probably cost less than you think. A lot goes into making  AEDs as effective as effective as they are: sensors, batteries, internal timers, sometimes even computers to record data and hotspots to be able to relay that data in real time. For an AED, a device capable of saving lives, you can anticipate budgeting $1,300- $2,000.

What is normally included in a defibrillator?

Most AED’s come complete with everything they need. AED’s generally operate with two parts- the pads and batteries. Some AED’s have one or two batteries. If the AED has two batteries it is likely designed that one battery is used daily to check functionality of the AED while the other battery is reserved for power to provide shocks when needed.

AED’s generally come with adult pads. Some may also come with pediatric pads but if not they are available at an additional cost. It’s generally recommended that places where children are at higher risk of cardiac arrest, such as gymnasiums, also supply pediatric pads in their AED’s. However, in the event of pediatric cardiac arrest, adult pads may be used if there are no pediatric pads. Pediatric pads are designed to reduce the shock load given to a victim however, using adult pads would be better than using nothing in the event of an emergency.

Breakdown of defibrillator cost

Most AED’s come with everything they need included. However, depending on how you will use the AED and your particular needs there may be additional items to purchase. Additional but optional items you may want to purchase are:

Additionally, there is a cost to maintain your defibrillator. Similar to a vehicle, AED’s need some parts regularly updated. Because AED’s have an 8 year warranty period we have created a chart that breaks down the 8 year cost of ownership for each model we offer. However, AED’s usually last much longer and don’t need to be replaced unless there is an integral part failure or defect announced by the manufacturer.

AED’s have very few parts but the two parts that need to be regularly checked and kept within their expiration period are the batteries and pads. AED Batteries usually last 4-8 years. AED pads usually last 2-4 years but need to be replaced after each use.

Defibrillator Maintenance Cost

AED maintenance is simple but crucial. Proper maintenance of your device is necessary so that it is ready to go in the event of an emergency. Maintenance involves checking that all AED parts are in order and not expired.

We highly recommend an AED management program to make this task easier and give you peace of mind that your AED is in working order. AED program management is also very helpful for organizations that may have different people responsible for the AED over the years. The software keeps track of all maintenance and alerts you when to buy replacement equipment so if there is a new person taking care of the AED they don’t have to spend time researching its maintenance.

What to look for when choosing a defibrillator

When you look to buy an AED you need to consider your environment and who may be using the AED. Some AEDs are made lightweight and resilient for those who may be hiking deep in the backcountry. Other AED’s may be bulkier but with a simple design to be tossed around in the back of police cars or ambulances. Other AED’s may be bilingual which is a necessary feature at a community center or school.

Evaluating your budget is important as well. Some AED’s are really cool and feature rich but if the cost is more than your organization has to spend there are simply designed AED’s that are just as effective.

Are there any discounts or grants when buying a defibrillator?

Some non-profits make funds available to provide AEDs to schools and community centers free of charge. This varies by state and your type of organization. At the least, non profits should not expect to pay tax on these items which is a substantial cost savings.

Top 3 recommended defibrillators 

  • Most feature rich for first responders: The Powerheart G5 was the first FDA approved AED with a fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language capabilities, changeable increasing energy, and rapid shock times. This AED is designed to meet the advanced needs of first responders but is also simple enough to be used by anyone. 
  • Cost-conscious & Portable: 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 this AED is lightweight, has a very small footprint and can easily be placed in any public location.
  • The best community AED: 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

How do you install an AED?

AEDs should be easily accessible. We recommend placing them in a highly visible location. An AED cabinet can be a great option. AED cabinets are installed with just a few screws and a drill. While this is simple for many people, if you wish to hire a contractor to install the cabinet you will want to add this to your cost of a defibrillator.

Conversely, AED’s arrive ready to go from the manufacturer and don’t require any steps for installation. The most important thing to remember when needing to use an AED is simply to turn it on!

What else should be stored with an AED? 

We recommend keeping adult and child pocket masks stored with your AED. While and AED delivers important shocks to help restore the heart to a normal rhythm,  performing CPR is necessary to continue the circulation of blood flow to vital organs. Even more so for children, delivery of breaths is crucial as children are so much more oxygen dependent.

Additionally, we suggest storing a First Aid kit near the AED but not inside an AED case. The AED should be easy to access but should not be accessed as frequently as something like a first aid kit would be.

Do we need special training? 

While no special training is needed to operate an AED, it is highly recommended. CPR classes will cover how to use and AED on adults, children, and infants. Becoming familiar with the process of using an AED and identifying when it should be used is very helpful. Additionally, learning to do CPR is beneficial as CPR should be performed in the minutes between shocks being delivered.

To find a CPR/AED instructor in your area, request a free quote on Class Eagle Health and Safety Directory. This site has instructors that teach American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross (ARC), and Health Safety Institute (HSI) CPR/AED classes. Unless if you are required to have CPR training from a certain organization, receiving training from any of these reputable brands will be a good decision. They all use the most recent AHA Emergency Cardiovascular care guidelines.

While it’s not necessary, any organization that include CPR/AED training in the cost of a defibrillator purchase should. For training 6-12 students CPR group training can range from $300-$600.

Buying a Defibrillator: Final Thoughts

The maintenance involved in owning an AED is not too cumbersome, but is very important. AED’s should be kept in proper order so they can perform when called upon. For all the best quality AEDs and AED accessories check out the AED Source. We offer only a handful of AED’s that we highly recommend. There are so many options on the market today but we have curated our selection to offer only the best and AED’s that suit anyone’s needs.

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Best AEDs For 2022 Reviewed

Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) are one of the most important pieces of the lifesaving chain of survival. Onsite AED’s save precious time and can be used before emergency medical responders arrive on scene. In this article will will discuss all you need to decide which AED is the best fit for you, your school, church, or business.

We will compare the value and benefits of the top 7 AED’s on the market:

Cardiac Science Powerheart® G5 AED

The Powerheart G5 is ideal for public access or first responders. The Powerheart was the first FDA approved AED with a fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language capabilities, changeable increasing energy, and rapid shock times. It is unique in that once turned on it is ready to deliver a shock within 10 seconds. Meanwhile other AED’s take more time to charge prior to being able to shock. 

This AED was designed to meet the needs of first responders but it is also simple enough to be used by anyone. The Powerheart G5 is priced at $1,820.00 and is well worth your investment

 Defibtech Lifeline AED

The Defibtech Lifeline AED is ever popular with fire departments and first responders. It has a clean, non intimidating, straightforward design. The Defibtech is a durable, reliable, and effective AED. You should have no doubts that this AED is capable of operating in any environment, thanks to its resilient and simplistic design.

This AED features precise and clear voice prompts that will walk users through each step of using the AED. Some AED’s can seem a bit intimidating to use due to their intricate designs, but this isn’t the case with the Lifeline AED from Defibtech.

The Defibtech Lifeline weighs 4.4lbs and is lightweight, weighing less than most AED’s. The AED is low maintenance and performs daily self tests to ensure its functionality and indicates it is in working order with an indication light. The Defibtech Lifeline is the most inexpensive AED retailing for $1,245.

HeartSine® Samaritan® PAD 350P

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. This is the AED we most often recommend to people looking for an AED for their home, church, or workplace. 

The HeartSine AED is the most user friendly AED on the market. The HeartSine offers real-time coaching which will walk anyone through the steps to use the machine. The design revolves around two buttons: one button to turn on and one button to shock. This AED is lightweight and has a very small footprint making it easy to place in any public location or to carry for travel. It’s reasonably priced at $1315 and offers a warranty period of up to 8 years, the maximum of any AED. 

Philips FR3 AED

The HeartStart FR3 is one of the most technologically advanced AEDs and is semi-automatic. This AED is recommended for medical professionals and features advanced ECG guidance. This AED is not for use by lay responders.

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 has a high IP rating, meaning it will operate effectively even in harsh environments. 

The price tag for this AED is $2,990. This is the most expensive AED we sell, and you definitely get what you pay for in this AED designed for advanced responders..

Philips HeartStart FRx AED

The Phillips HeartStart FRx AED is another great product designed to be simple and effective.  The Philips HeartStart FRx defibrillator helps save lives by providing guidance as users administer an electric shock through the chest to the heart of patients during cardiac emergencies. This AED features a higher IP rating then the Phillips Onsite AED and is more ideal for users familiar with it or people traveling with an AED.

Unfortunately Phillips Heartstart FRx and some of its accessories are backordered through 2023.

Philips HeartStart OnSite AED

Philips designed the HeartStart Onsite AED for the ‘ordinary person in the extraordinary moment’ and this description flawlessly captures the essence of this AED because, even with absolutely zero training with AEDs, you can effectively use this device by following the prompts.

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 competitively at $1,470 and comes with a considerable warranty period of 8 years, starting from the date of shipment. 

 Physio-Control LIFEPAK® CR2

The Physio-Control Lifepak CR2 features simple graphics and voice instructions. This AED is most used by schools and churches due to its dual language functionality. This easy to use device is meant to used by those with little to no medical experience, also making it a perfect AED to keep in your school or church.

The LIFEPAK connects to WiFi to record and report data as the AED is in use. Additionally, the Physio Control LIFEPAK CR2 Defibrillator is the only AED that enables CPR compressions during the heart rhythm analysis process. Every minute a patient does not have hands on care decreases their likelihood of survival. This unique feature allows for maximum hands on time.

The Lifepak CR2 has a cost of $1,895 and includes an 8 year warranty.

Zoll AED Plus

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 and is popular amongst institutions that can afford its higher price tag.

This AED features an IP55 rating which means it has the ability to withstand challenging conditions such as extreme heights or temperature. This is important for people working in rural settings, camps, or traveling in the outdoors with an AED.

This AED 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 $1999, and it’s slightly heavier than others at a weight of 6.7lbs, but this is to be expected considering its feature-rich design.

Conclusion

Any of the AED’s above are good options that we stand behind. Depending on your location and experience level you can narrow down the few that may be a good fit for you. If you aren’t sure what’s best for you still, please get in touch and we’re happy to discuss the differences.

If you skipped to the end of the article because its TL;DR (too long, didn’t read) and want to know what to buy… We recommend the HeartSine Samaritan AED to 90% of people and it would probably be a great fit for you too!

 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Buying An AED

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We’re here to dive deep and answer all the questions that you have and the questions you don’t know you have! AED Source discusses everything you need to know about buying an AED for your workplace, business, group or training classes, including what to look for when purchasing an AED.

What is an AED? 

An automated external defibrillator is abbreviated and called an AED. Some people may call them just ‘defibrillators’ and that’s correct too but there are lots of different kinds of defibrillators used today.

Some people have implanted cardiac defibrillators that monitor their heart rate constantly and deliver a shock if needed. There are also wearable defibrillators that can be worn by people who are having their heart evaluated for risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

The most commonly known defibrillators are the ones in hospitals. In hospitals defibrillators are usually very large and operated manually with two hand paddles that are connected to a machine. Manual hospital crash cart defibrillators are what we see on TV most often. The main difference between hospital defibrillators and AED’s are that AED’s are automatic and do not require a medical professional to assess how large of a shock to give the victim or when to deliver the shock.

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Public AED in alarming cabinet stored with trauma kit, first aid kit, and CPR mask.

AED’s are very portable machines that are used in public settings and designed for use by anyone. AED’s are made to do all the work unlike manual defibrillators. Public AED’s will walk you through every step and assume no prior knowledge or experience with them. The only thing you have to remember to do is turn on the AED. Once you turn on the AED it will give you verbal directions of what to do. It will guide you to place pads and give visual diagrams that show proper pad placement. The voice instructions will tell you the next steps to complete and will inform you when to perform CPR. Most AED’s will give guidance on how to do CPR as well. These AED feature’s ensure that anyone can assist in an emergency.

Who can use an AED?

Anyone can use an AED. These machines are very safe and can do no harm. (Despite what you may have seen in movies) Some insurance policies or specific industries will require that people in their facility receive training on how to use an AED if they have one. However, regardless of training anyone can use an AED.

In advanced medical practice there is a term called ‘scope of care’ that implies you may only perform skills you are trained in. When it comes to using an AED, their use is within anyones scope regardless of training because they are designed to not need prior training.

What to look for when choosing an AED?

Some people purchasing an AED may have a specific reason. Some wish to travel with an AED and others want it for a private home, or public space. Depending on what you’re looking for there may be specific features to keep in mind.

Design

The first thing to consider is an AED’s design. Most people want something very user friendly. There are some AED’s that excel at this and limit the number of directions the user has to follow. The Heartsine Samaritan AED would be an example of this. Other’s look for an AED that is designed to be easily spotted and identified like the electric yellow Zoll AED Plus.

Most AED’s come with ‘coaching’ that walks users through performing CPR and using the AED. However, if this is a feature you are looking for make sure to put it on your list.

Durability

Another consideration is the durability of the AED or its ability to withstand harsher environments. This would be important for people using an AED outdoors where the AED is exposed to dirt, sand, and water. All AED’s have an ‘IP’ (ingress protection) rating that is a universal measurement tool on the AED’s resilience to elements.

  • The first number, rates the level of protection the AED has against solids, like dirt and dust
  • The second number, rates the level of protection the AED has against moisture, like water

The higher each number is for an AED, the more protection the device has from these elements.

However, it’s important to note that IP Ratings have nothing to do with how well an AED can withstand a fall or stress from movement and vibration. For this, the Food and Drug Administration requires all AEDs to meet the same drop and shock standards.

Longevity

When you choose an AED you will want to look at the accessories they require and how long these accessories last. Some AED’s have pads or batteries that are more expensive but last a longer time. Other AED’s have less expensive products but they need to be replaced as often as yearly at times. If your AED is in frequent use, such as one at a nursing home, you may opt to not worry about longevity of the pads and batteries but instead look for less expensive options to make the AED easier to upkeep regularly.

Language

You will want to make sure you get an AED in the language you need. Some AED’s offer multiple language abilities and some have the ability to have other languages downloaded. Regardless, take note that the AED you purchase is in a language you speak.

What is normally included when buying a AED?

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AED Program Management
  • User Manual- All AED’s will come with a user manual that should be read and followed.
  • Cover or Case- AED’s are designed to be easily transported.
  • Battery- Most AED’s come with one battery but it’s recommended a spare battery be purchased as well.
  • Adult Pads- Most AED’s come with only adult pads. Some will also come with pediatric pads.
  • AED Source always includes one year free of AED program management with our AED’s.

How much do AEDs cost? 

AED’s pricing will varied based on the kind of AED as well as the accessories it comes with. Our AED’s range in price from $1,245 – $2,100 for the initial purchase. However, there is also an additional cost to maintain AED’s and make sure all parts are within their operation date. You can view our AED Comparison Chart to see the 8-year life cost of an AED with pads and batteries.

For an example, the most affordable AED is the Defibtech Lifeline and has an initial purchase price of $1,245 and an 8 year lifetime cost of $2,074. This AED is ever popular with rescue squads and fire departments because of it’s price and simple functionality.

Our recommended AED’s?

The Heartsine Samaritan Pad 350 AED

Our favorite AED is the Heartsine Samaritan. This AED is the MVP. It has a low cost upfront and is oh so easy to maintain. Instead of having to purchase separate batteries and pads for this AED at various times, you simply have to replace the ‘Pad-pak’ (combo battery/pads) every four years. Additionally, the Heartsine Samaritan has one of the smallest footprints making it easy to transport.

The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED

The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED is one of the most high tech AED’s. This AED lives its best life when used by people with advanced medical training. While the AED can still be easily used by anyone the features it comes with are only going to be useful to trained medical responders.

The Physio Control LIFEPAK CR2

The Physio Control LIFEPAK is the most requested AED by schools and churches. This AED has dual language functionality that makes it popular in these environments that accommodate both Spanish and English speakers.  This AED also has unique technology that allows the user to continue CPR compressions while the AED analyzes the heart rhythm. Most AED’s don’t have this capability and the victim has several seconds of time lost where they could be receiving CPR to circulate oxygen through their body.

How do you install an automated external defibrillator?

While it is not necessary to install an AED, some places will choose to mount them or put them in a cabinet for protection or visibility. Installing these cabinets is usually relatively easy and only takes 2 screws. You will want to select a place that is easily accessible and visible. It’s important to install signage with the AED to let people know an AED is there. If the building you are installing an AED in has a safety team, you will want to discuss this with them and agree on the right position. For example, many churches or schools will think the entrance way is the best place to install an AED at first, but upon consideration they opt for a place that is more central in their buildings.

How much does an AED cost to maintain?

The cost of maintaining and AED varies on the AED and how often you use it. If you do not use an AED, there is still a cost to maintain it as the battery and pads will eventually expire. You will need to purchase the same brand of battery or pads that matches your AED for the AED to be functional. Please view our AED Comparison Chart to see the cost of accessories and cost to maintain over time.

I want to buy an AED for my school ?

Every school should have an AED. While we often think of sudden cardiac arrest being more common in adults, it can also happen in children. Conversely, when children go into sudden cardiac arrest their chance for survival is so much greater with an AED. AED Source offers a handful of AED’s and we normally recommend the Heartsine Samaritan Pad 350 or the Physio Control Lifepak. We’d love to talk with you about what accessories you may need for your location as well.

Buying an AED: Final Thoughts

You now know enough about AED’s to read more about individual AED’s and compare them to each other. You can spend days, weeks, and months researching AED’s but you can also trust our selection at the AED Source. We sell more then one brand because we know everyones situation is different, however we offer a limited selection because we believe in the products we sell and only want to offer the best solutions to our communities.

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How To Use an AED

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that can save someone’s life during cardiac arrest. It’s a convenient yet simple way to provide a patient with an electric shock when their heart has stopped pumping. You will find AEDs in malls, offices, venues, transportation terminals, public buildings, fitness centers, and other populated areas. If you find someone unconscious, grab the closest AED available or have someone grab it for you. The device may literally save someone’s life.

Steps to use an AED

Even though an AED is complex and technical, it is actually very easy and safe to use. Most people including children should be able to use an AED at ease. All rescuers have to do is follow the steps that are vocally and visually presented upon turning on the device. The instructions are very straightforward, so don’t worry about getting confused.

Important

Before using an AED, have bystanders help you with the first couple of steps to minimize the amount of time wasted. The quicker you can use the AED to evaluate the patient’s heart rhythm and provide them with an electric shock if needed, the better. If you don’t have bystanders around, scream for help as loud as you can while getting started with the following the steps:

  1. Call for emergency help. When using an AED, it will remind you to call for emergency help. So, if you haven’t done so already, call for emergency services before using the AED.
  2. Remove all clothing from the patient’s chest. You’ll need to remove all the clothing from the patient’s chest, even if that means ripping and tearing apart their clothing. Once the chest is exposed, you’ll need to ensure that the area is dry. At most, the chest can be moist, but not wet. Quickly remove or move aside all jewelry, bras, and other pieces of metal to prevent electrical burns. Don’t waste too much time with this as it is not a critical step. You’ll want to move on to the next step as quickly as possible.
  3. Shave the chest area. Very soon, you’ll be placing sticky pads on the patient’s chest, so you’ll want to shave the hair off the chest area with a razor to maximize contact between the pads and the skin. If you don’t have a razor handy, you can use scissors to cut the hair as short as you can. Although some people recommend using the pads to rip the hair off, it’s not a great solution as most AEDs only come with one set of sticky pads. For maximizing effectiveness, you’ll want the AED to be as clean and sticky as possible.
  4. Turn the AED on. Finally, turn on the AED and carefully follow all the prompted instructions. With most AEDs, you can turn them on by pressing the “On” button or by opening the front lid.
  5. Remove the pads from the packaging. Inside the AED, you’ll find one set of pads sealed inside a plastic package. This is done to prevent the pads’ adhesives from drying out. Take the pads out of the package and look at the illustrations. It’ll show you exactly where you should place each pad on the patient’s body. The illustrations should show one pad being placed under the right collar bone and the other one under the left armpit, next to the breast. Place them as accurately as possible. Since the pads are interchangeable, you don’t have to worry about placing a specific pad on the collar bone or under the left armpit.
  6. Clear for analysis. After placing the pads on the patient’s body, ensure that nobody is touching the victim. The AED will start to evaluate the patient’s heart rhythm to determine whether the patient needs an electric shock or not. Shout “Clear!” and make sure that no one is touching the patient or else the evaluation may be skewed.

  1. Clear for shock. After the evaluation is complete, the AED will advise you whether the patient requires an electric shock or not. If no shock is needed, it means that the patient is not in a critically bad state. However, you’ll still need to perform CPR on the patient until you find a pulse or until emergency help arrives. If a shock is required, the AED will state “Shock is advised.” It’ll again prompt everyone to stay clear of the patient. Just like the analysis step, you’ll want to shout “Clear!” and make sure that no one is touching the patient. Shortly, the AED will deliver the patient with an electrical shock and then prompt you to start CPR for two minutes. After two minutes, the AED will advise you that it’s going to do another evaluation.
  2. CPR. When the AED prompts you to perform CPR, leave the pads on and start giving the patient 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths. After two minutes while you repeat the CPR cycle, the AED will prompt you that it’s going to reanalyze the patient. Repeat steps 6-8 after each analysis. Keep repeating those steps until emergency help arrives.

How an AED works

The sticky pads found in the AED have sensors which are also called electrodes. As you already know, the electrodes serve as a conduit to deliver an electric shock if needed. After placing them on the patient, the electrodes collect and send information about the patient’s heart rhythm to the built-in computer found in the AED. The computer then calculates and analyzes the information to determine whether an electric shock is needed. If an electric shock is not needed, the AED will not provide a shock under any circumstances as they’re designed to only do so when Ventricular Fibrillation is detected.

When an electric shock is needed, electrical currents are delivered to the patient’s heart, temporarily stunning it. This process gives the patient’s heart a chance to beat normally by interrupting the abnormal rhythm. As mentioned earlier, although AEDs seem very technical, they are 100% safe to use by anyone, including children. You’ll find AEDs in public areas, so learning how to use one beforehand will increase your confidence upon using one.

Things to look out for

There are multiple things to look for when using an AED. When it’s time to use one, you can’t be careless as it may cost the patient their life. Here are some things to look out for:

  1. The surrounding environment. Before doing any medical procedure, you need to ensure that your surrounding environment is safe. If there’s anything that can harm you, try to remove it as quickly as possible or relocate the patient to a safe area. Remember, you won’t be able to effectively help someone in need of an AED if you get badly injured. Also, if there’s lots of water nearby e.g. the patient is lying in a puddle or pool, move them to a dry area to prevent burns and shocks to the rescuer and bystanders.

  1. Children and infants. When using an AED on children between the ages of 1 and 8, you’ll ideally want to use an AED with pediatric pads. If there isn’t one available, a regular AED should still be used. Depending on the AED, you may be able to deliver a pediatric shock instead. Look for a labeled pediatric shock switch and turn it on. Again, if there isn’t one available, you’ll have to use a regular one instead. When using an AED on infants under the age of 1, you’ll ideally want to use a manual defibrillator to manually set the energy delivery and shock to the infant’s heart. These are done for children and infants because they require lower levels of energy to defibrillate their hearts.
  2. A hairy chest. Excessive chest hair may actually limit the contact between the electrode pads and the skin, and this may lead to an inaccurate or poor evaluation of the patient’s heart rhythm. So, if you don’t have a razor or scissors, quickly look around to see if there’s a sharp object that can cut the chest hair. However, most AEDs will come with a razor. If there’s another set of pads in the AED, use them to remove the hair. You may also find another set of pads where the AED was stored.
  3. A wet chest. A wet or sweaty chest may interfere with the AED. Always dry the chest before attaching the pads to maximize effectiveness.

  1. Implanted devices and medication patches. Some patients may have medical devices in their bodies such as a pacemaker. These devices will usually appear as a small and hard lump. If the patient has one where the pads should be placed, do not place them over the implanted device(s). Instead, move the pads at least an inch away. The same goes for adhesive medication patches on the skin. Never place an AED pad over these patches. Instead, remove the patch and clean the area with a towel, cloth, or wipe. Ensure the area is dry and then attach the pads.
  2. Staying clear. When the AED prompts everyone to stay clear of the patient, you must ensure that no one is touching them. This can skew the analysis and shock results which may consequently lead to a failed rescue. So, when the AED prompts that it’s going to perform an analysis or deliver a shock, visually check to see that no one is touching the patient.

  1. Extras. As mentioned, AEDs are stored in public areas, so you may find extra medical equipment at the same location or nearby. When grabbing an AED, look for extra pads, batteries, CPR masks, razors, gloves, and other accessories. You never know if you’ll need extras, so grab them when you can.
  2. Damages. Before using an AED, you should do a quick look around to see if there are any damages, or if the pads and batteries have expired. If you find damages, replace them to maximize effectiveness and to prevent malfunctions and other complications.
  3. Malfunctions. If you run into problems while using the AED, it will prompt you to do some troubleshooting. First, make sure that the pads have been attached correctly. Reattach or replace them on the patient and press down firmly. Then, check the cable connection and make sure it’s tightly connected. Now, see if the battery is low. If it is, quickly replace it.
  4. CPR. Once an AED prompts you to perform CPR, you need to do so with full concentration. You must not solely rely on AED to save a patient’s life. Supplementing an AED with effective CPR can double the chances of survival.
  5. Liability. Some believe that using an AED requires a certification or medical training. However, that is completely false. Anyone can to use an AED on someone who is need of emergency help, so don’t be afraid to take action. If you feel like you don’t want to be liable, remember that the patient will die regardless. So, it only makes sense that you try to help them out.
  6. Wasting time. When going through the steps of using an AED, you have no time to waste. Every second counts, so you need to do your best to proceed quickly. It’ll take some time for emergency help to arrive, but it may be too late. You need to be 100 percent focused on the rescue.
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Best Philips OnSite AED [Review]

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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AED Laws for Businesses in All 50 States

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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Will an AED Detect a Pulse?

Will An AED Detect a Pulse?

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.

electrical system in 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

  1. Ventricular Fibrillation – quivering of the entire heart
    ventricular fibrillation ecg
  2. Ventricular Tachycardia – fast heart rate originating from the ventricles
    ventricular tachycardia ecg
  3. Asystole – no electrical or mechanical response (the classic flat line)
    asystole ecg
  4. Pulseless Electrical Activity – a normal rhythm but no pulse
    pulseless electrical activity ecg

What Does an AED Do?

aed Electrode placementAn 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.

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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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AED Buying Guide: What are the Best AED Products in 2022

The Best AED Products in 2022

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:

  1. Designate employees that are authorized to use defibrillators in emergency situations
  2. Train employees on proper use of AEDs, including manufacturer’s guidelines.
  3. Place AEDs in areas where they can be accessed within 3 to 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest
  4. 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.

Automatic/Semi-Automatic/Manual

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.

Pricing

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.

IP Ratings

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.

Warranty

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.

HeartSine® Samaritan® PAD 350P

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Quick Specs

Weight: 2.4 lbs

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.

Philips HeartStart Onsite AED (Currently backordered due to supply chain issues.)

AED Phillips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator

Quick Specs

Weight: 3.3lbs

Size: 8.3″ x 7.4″ x 2.8″

IP Rating: 21

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.

Zoll AED Plus

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Quick Specs

Weight: 6.7lbs

Size: 8.3″ x 7.4″ x 2.8″

IP Rating: 55

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.

Defibtech Lifeline AED

defibtech lifeline aed

Quick Specs

Weight: 4.4 lbs

Size: 8.5 x 11.8 x 2.7 inches

IP Rating: 54

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.

Cardiac Science Powerheart® G5 AED

cardiac science powerheart g5 aed

Quick Specs

Weight: 5.7lbs

Size: 3.4″ x 9.0 x 11.8″

IP Rating: 55

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.

Philips HeartStart FR3 AED

philips heartstart fr3 aed

Quick Specs

Weight: 3.8lb

Size: 13.4″ x 12.4″ x 7.7″

IP Rating: 55

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.

AED Regulations

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 people purchase AEDs and never are 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.

Conclusion

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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How Much Does an AED Usually Cost?

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

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:

How Long Are AED Pads Good For?

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.

Some replacement pads to consider include:

How To Keep Track of the Expiration Dates?

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.

Final Thoughts

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.