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Aren’t All AEDs The Same?

There are six major brands of Automated External Defibrillators approved by the FDA to be supplied to workplaces and communities in the United States.  There’s a fairly common misperception that they’re all the same.  The commonalities of the AEDs are as follows:

  • All AEDs are safe, they deliver a shock only when the ECG analysis determines that it is needed
  • All AEDs have voice prompts which tell the responder what to do to revive the victim
  • All AEDs deliver a biphasic shock to the victim which has been proven to be effective in stopping the heart’s arrhythmia in hopes it might resume normal heart function

That’s about where the similarities end.  AEDs vary dramatically in their size, weight, color, features, battery type, electrode pad type, their ease-of-use features, their visual prompts, the energy they deliver, how they’re turned on, whether they have a shock button, whether they coach for CPR and there are many more differentiators.

AED One-Stop Shop is the National AED Supplier focused upon making workplace, schools, and communities safer.  AED One-Stop Shop has all the answers as to which life-saving public defibrillator is most suitable for various organizations.  We use a quite unique consultative model and tools such as the AED Buyer’s Guide to help our customers to truly determine which AEDs best suit their need.  This decision is much more than the cheapest initial price tag and much more than looking at the ongoing cost of replacement batteries and pads.  In World which so commonly has consumers buying things online we still highly encourage a conversation to discuss this safety initiative because after all there are human lives on the line.  The decision of which AED to buy could actually mean that one day your friend, colleague, spouse, stranger, teacher, or student could be saved and given another chance at life.  Most AED company websites are confusing, they are crowded with products and customers find themselves price shopping.  AED One-Stop Shop is different, there are no prices, no special offers, no shopping carts but rather rich information and a friendly professional waiting to speak with you when you call 855-677-2337.  Call us today, whether your question is about product features, pricing, liability, CPR training or compliance with laws in your State.  Can’t talk at this moment?  Then email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com and we’ll be prompt, professional and informative with our reply.

AED Companies – AED One-Stop Shop

When you’ve made the decision that your company, school district, university, non-profit, or organization needs AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators the natural next move is to research and shop the AED Companies. Here are the primary U.S. AED manufacturers as of 2016 in alphabetical order:

- Cardiac Science is owned by Aurora Resurgence and they make the Powerheart brand in Wisconsin
- Defibtech is owned by Nihon Kohden Corporation and they make the Lifeline & ReviveR brands in Connecticut
- HeartSine was recently acquired by Physio-Control and they make the Samaritan brand in Pennsylvania
- Philips is a Dutch technology company and they make the HeartStart brand in Washington
- Physio-Control is owned by Bain Capital and they make the LIFEPAK brand in Washington
- ZOLL is owned by Asahi Kasei Group and they make the AED Plus brand in Massachusetts

It’s quite common for AED buyers to submit requests for pricing to each of the six Companies above. The challenge is that these giant companies that make these amazingly well-designed life-saving devices sometimes struggle with general responsiveness to customers and often they often deal only through a distribution model.

Enter AED One-Stop Shop. By offering the leading AED brands they serve AED buyers responsively, professionally and with great industry knowledge and expertise. Rather than dealing with six company representatives, customers enjoy working with one true expert. AED One-Stop Shop is based in Albuquerque, NM and they offer life-protecting public defibrillators in all 50 States. AED One-Stop Shop specializes in public type defibrillators unlike others who serve other markets in the broader safety markets and EMS-specialty markets.

It’s also worth pointing out that AED One-Stop Shop deals only with brand new life-saving devices rather than refurbished or used equipment and with a National drop-ship model these devices ship straight from the factory to the end-user customer.

If you need to buy AEDs or seek pricing for budgeting or grant proposals email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call 855-677-2337. Enjoy expert consultation and professionals that will guide customers to the ideal life-protecting equipment for their particular needs or application.

The Reliability of an AED

When one purchases AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) they typically do so in hopes these life-saving devices are never needed.  They demonstrate proactive thinking and a priority on making the workplace safe.  When that dreaded moment happens and someone drops to what appears to be sudden cardiac arrest, how does one know the AED will work and it will function as it’s supposed to?  In other words, what good is a life-protecting defibrillator if it’s not ready when it’s needed most?

It’s important to know that AED manufacturers have certainly anticipated this need for reliability in the design of their products.  All public defibrillators perform self-testing to help detect and diagnose any issues with the device prior to the moment it is needed for a rescue.  AEDs awake periodically to perform a self-test process, it does this automatically on a scheduled-basis without any user-intervention required.  These self-tests typically check battery strength, pad connectivity, pad integrity, software, internal components and hardware, and more.  Be aware that some AEDs perform these tests more or less frequently ranging from daily to weekly.  Furthermore some AEDs do more robust and comprehensive testing than others.  These self-testing protocols are important and should be considered in the selection process.

If a problem is detected in the AED it sounds an audible chirp and displays a visual indicator of some type.  These audible and visual clues that the device is problematic and perhaps not rescue-ready vary from brand to brand.  For most warnings the AED will describe the problem with voice and or text prompts that might alert that “battery is low” or “replace pads” or “service required.”

At AED One-Stop Shop we believe product reliability should be considered as part of the selection process.  We also recommend an AED Program Management Solution which includes tracking software and email reminders to check your AEDs. By assigning an internal point of contact to visual check the AED each month an organization can lessen the risk that an AED is not ready when needed.  Do chose an AED with good reliability and consider Program Management to improve your organizations overall readiness.  Visit us at AED One-Stop Shop, call us at 855-677-AEDS, or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to discuss your AED needs today.

Automatic Shock Delivery and AEDs

As AED (Automated External Defibrillator) manufacturers strive to improve general usability of Public Defibrillators some have developed “Automatic” type devices.  The “Auto” shock delivery feature describes devices which delivers a shock without the need to push a shock button.  Semi-Automatic devices require the rescuer to push a shock button to deliver therapy.

The general logic behind such a feature is the thought that a responder might pause or delay in pushing a shock button over the fear that the device might harm someone, lack of confidence or perhaps they are worried about liability.  An “Auto” AED saves the responder from making such a decision, it arms by itself, warns all to stand back, and then delivers a shock to the victim.

Some (especially professional responders) feel strongly that an AED should not deliver therapy in such a way and the rescuer should ensure no one is touching the patient before they push the shock button.  This type of training is engrained in them and thus they are more apt to favor Semi-Automatic AEDs.

At AED One-Stop Shop (visit our site here) we don’t believe that one type fits all applications, needs, or situations.  There is certainly a place for both Public Defibrillator types in the marketplace.  Some manufacturers feature separate configurations of each AED model to fit the customer’s preference for shock button or no shock button.  As the industry’s premier “Consultative” AED retailer we educate our customers on all facets of a well-designed AED program.  We certainly walk our customers through the general logic to consider as well as pros and cons of Automatic and Semi-Automatic defibrillators.

Typical AED shoppers ask bright questions, they are detail oriented, they are thoughtful and they realize that lives are at stake an AED program.  The debate over shock button or no shock button is an interesting one and ultimately it’s about find the right fit for the application.  Call 855-677-2337 or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to speak with a professional on this topic and to identify the right AED for your workplace, school or community.

AED Easy To Use

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillators though the name sounds complex, these life-saving devices are remarkably easy-to-use.  Since the inception of the small, portable medical devices their manufacturers like HeartSine, ZOLL, Philips and LIFEPAK have been striving to improve usability.  These strides in technology are being made not so much with professionals in mind like Firefighter/EMTs or nurses but instead lay rescuers and everyday people like you and I.

The manufacturers are targeting the public with their enhanced product features and general technology because AEDs are frequently being placed in locations such as these:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Restaurants and retailers
  • Sporting and convention venues
  • Malls and shopping
  • Airports and airplanes
  • Gyms and health clubs
  • Swimming pools and aquatic centers
  • Office workplaces
  • Industrial workplaces
  • Churches and places of worship
  • Government buildings

So what contributes to whether an AED or public defibrillator is easy-to-use or not?

It begins with the voice prompts and how clear are they, how intuitive are they, how descriptive are they, do they prompt for calling 9-1-1, do they prompt through CPR, do they adapt if necessary.

Next are the visual prompts which help complement the voice prompts.  Are there diagrams or images, are there illuminating lights, is there a text screen, is there a video screen, do the visual prompts help the correct placement of pads, do the prompts help with the delivery of CPR.

There are two ways to accurately assess which ease-of-use features and benefits best fit your organization’s specific need and application:  extensive research or professional consultation.  Some organizations assemble task forces to weigh the product and vendor choices, although this is costly and time-extensive.  For professional consultation some organizations ask their local fire department and although that’s a good start, FDs often simply recommend the particular brand of defibrillator that they’re most comfortable with rather than the device type that best fits need.

AED One-Stop Shop offers answers.  We are a Nationally-recognized leader in Public Access Defibrillation programs.  We offer 5 leading brands of AED devices along with CPR/AED training and AED Program Management.  In other words, we offer a complete solution featuring the right AED type, right training, and right management of the program beyond the initial purchase.  This way an entity is most prepared when the worst thing happens.  Visit www.AEDOneStopShop.com or call 855-677-2337 to learn more about how we can help your organization get prepared.

AEDs for Swimming Pool Safety

Look around any public place and it’s our sincere hope you notice and find AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators.)  These public-type defibrillators are used for both CPR-trained responders and even lay-rescuers without training.

As the weather heats up this summer the public pools, private pools, country clubs and waterparks certainly fill up.  Such locations are very typical locations for tragic sudden cardiac arrest deaths to occur.  AEDs should be available to life-guard teams and to the general public in aquatic centers and alike.  You might have heard the alarming stats that about a thousand people die each day to cardiac arrest death and recreational facilities who overlook the investment in safety and buying AEDs are putting themselves and their visitors at risk.

A few important facts about public defibrillators are as follow:

  • AEDs are more affordable than you might think with an average selling price of less than $1500 each
  • AEDs require little maintenance since they perform self-diagnostic tests
  • Beyond the initial invest they cost very little, just the cost to replace batteries and electrode pads
  • AEDs are safe in that they utilize complex algorithms which study the heart’s ECG and only deliver a shock in needed
  • Public defibrillators are very easy-to-use in they have voice and visual prompts to guide the rescuer through the steps of saving a life

AED One-Stop Shop is a consultative-oriented National AED Retailer.  For swimming pool type setting, it is our professional recommendation that the AED device be one that has above average visual prompts.  By this we mean, diagrams, lights, text screens or video screens to complement the voice prompts as pools are often very noisy environments.  If one can’t hear they prompts they can still follow visual guidance.  Furthermore consider a device that is particularly rugged that is drop and vibration tested as well as resilient to water and dust.

When AEDs are purchased they are done so with protecting lives in mind.  Call us at 855-677-AEDS or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com for more on this topic.  Also know the consultation is free and our pricing is very competitive and reasonable, learn more at AEDOneStopShop.com.

AED Reviews – What’s the Best AED / Public Defibrillator?

When one makes the wise and savvy decision to invest in life-saving AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators, they must decide upon which AED type to buy.  So what is the best public defibrillator or AED?  The answer cannot be found on a chart which compares product features.  Nor can it be found by assessing customer or third party product reviews.  The reason is that an AED is a life-saving device and a customer should aim to match the right AED device to their specific need or application.  Here are a few general tips:

Look beyond price alone.  Most of us manage to a budget and indeed saving money is important.  Customers are wise to factor in the AED initial price and the cost of ownership of items like batteries, pads, training and program management.  But, because an AED is intended to protect human life the features of a public defibrillator can make the difference between life and death of a loved one or colleague.  Generally, technology should trump price and remember this is not a commodity buy.

Be conscious of the environment.  Will the AED be kept indoors or outdoors?  Will the device be stored in a cabinet and seldom moved or will it be in an application which requires some ruggedness or durability?  Is there risk of other tough conditions like heat, cold, moisture or dust?  If so, consider a device with a high IP rating or other attributes geared around reliability.

Think about a likely rescue scenario.  Is it likely to be a loud, chaotic situation?  Could a sudden cardiac arrest occur in a crowded, noisy environment?  Are there likely to be loud vehicles or machinery close by?  If so, an AED with above average visual prompts would be helpful to complement the voice prompts.

What is the skill level of the likely rescuers?  Will this purchase be to equip skilled professional rescuers, first responder, a CPR trained response team or lay-rescuers or general public.  Consider the population who are likely to grab and utilize the life-saving devices.  Some AEDs have better ease-of-use features which might include:  visual prompts, CPR prompts, real-time CPR coaching, fully-automatic shock delivery, intuitive prompts, video screens, texts screens, pediatric pads, infant keys and more.  Some devices are better suited to the public while others are better suited to professionals.

AED One-Stop Shop is a consultative-oriented AED supplier.  We specialize in helping customers decide upon AED brand, AED model, and best configuration of accessories.  We are the “One-Stop Shop” because we choose from over 20 AED models and pair devices with CPR/AED training and Program Management for full compliance with the laws.  Contact us via email to: Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com at or call us toll free at 855-677-2337.  Here’s our full site:  AEDOneStopShop.com. By the way our expert-level consultation is free, offered as a value-add to you.

AED Defibrillators for Police and Sheriffs

Law Enforcement Agencies have difficult times when it comes to the budget process because they have so many product categories to consider.  They often weigh such product groups as:  Communications, Apparel, Tactical Products, Vehicle Equipment, Software and Fire Arms.  One category not to be neglected is that of Safety and Medical as products in this group might save an Officer or Deputy’s life or a member of the community.

A growing trend in Law Enforcement is to place easy-to-use and affordable life-saving devices called AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators in patrol vehicles.  The logic behind this growing trend is that City Police or County Sheriffs often arrive on the scene of a medical call such as a sudden cardiac arrest seconds or minutes before fire or EMS.  If an Officer or Deputy can quickly deploy the AED to the patient promptly the victim has a remarkably improved chance of survival.  As an example if an officer can pull the AED from the trunk, turn on the device, bare the patient’s chest, place the electrode pads on the chest and deliver a shock in 2.5 minutes from the victim’s event they have approximately a 75% chance of resuscitation.

Sheriffs and Police Chiefs also realize that their own are at risk to sudden cardiac arrest.  By investing in this life-protecting public defibrillators they are protecting their own.  An intelligent approach to the deployment of AEDs features devices in facilities like stations, academies, courthouses, jails so that these locations are made “heart safe.”  Furthermore, the devices are strategically placed in vehicles, sometimes 100% of vehicles, other times in Supervisor vehicles only, or some Departments have employed a check in / check out process for the AEDs so they are able to provide sufficient coverage with 50% deployment.  Departments should certainly budget for AEDs each year and can supplement their purchases by pursuing Grants or utilizing forfeiture or seizure funds to bolster their safety plans.

AED One-Stop Shop is the ideal supplier for Law Enforcement Agencies since we help them decide upon which AED device fits their needs, how many devices to invest and employ “best practices” from our years of experience helping communities.  Email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call 855-677-2337 to speak with a specialist and get a budget-friendly quote. Visit our site www.AEDOneStopShop.com and see why our consultative style is making us among the fastest growing AED retailers in America.

Workplace Safety & Defibrillators

U.S. Companies should be proud of their safety initiatives and the heightened consciousness towards making workplaces “heart-safe” environments.  With AED or public defibrillator programs implemented these corporations are able protect their employees, customers and visited from sudden cardiac arrest death.  At the same time, savvy safety teams, risk managers and human resources departments realize that by implementing such programs they are also mitigating risk.

As professionals in the industry, we are often asked about the legal ramifications of placing AEDs in facilities and vehicles.  Some are concerned that they can be sued for having AEDs if a save attempt is not successful.  Most professionals agree that with improved Good Samaritan Laws, modified indemnification policies and comprehensive program management offerings (with Medical Oversight and asset tracking) the protection of the law is quite good.  On the other hand those organizations that have not yet invested in AEDs are exposed to risk.  If companies don’t keep up with “standard of care” within their segment they can certainly be opened to the threat of legal ramifications.

Beyond the discussion about liability, deploying life-saving AED devices is certainly the right thing to do.  In settings with ample AEDs, CPR-trained responders and a well-designed program survival rates have been shown to exceed 50% versus the bleak national averages of just 5% or less.

Furthermore, AEDs are becoming more affordable and even easier to use.  AED costs for corporations are down significantly with an average price of about $1500.  Large corporate deployments with bulk discounts applied can sometimes drive the price down to less than $1000 per AED.  The AED manufacturers have done a remarkable job enhancing device usability with ease-of-use features that make the rescue easier.  Watch a demonstration or video about AEDs and you’ll quickly learn that the voice prompts and visual prompts make saving a life more simple than you might imagine.

AED One-Stop Shop has an approach which is very consultative.  We arm our customers with facts and trends and much, much more to help them decide on whether to invest in AEDs.  Beyond that, we help chose the right device type and complementary offerings like CPR and program management.  This customer-oriented philosophy is helping to make AED One-Stop Shop one of the very fastest growing brands in the industry.  Email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com and we’ll help you to implement a workplace AED program.

CPR Coaching Prompts and Public Defibrillators

Public Defibrillators are becoming more and more common in communities, gyms, workplaces and anywhere that people gather.  AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators are an integral part of Chain of Survival.

The Chain of Survival includes the following steps:

  • Early access to get help
  • Early CPR to buy time
  • Early defibrillation to restart the heart
  • Early ALCS to stabilize

It’s all about time to give the sudden cardiac victim the best chance of survival.  If a defibrillation shock can be delivered in 2 minutes or less the patient has approximately an 80% chance of survival.  AED manufacturers are working hard to improve prompts to help rescuers improve the speed it takes to power up the device, place electrodes on the chest and deliver a shock.

Furthermore, AEDs now give rescuers prompts to not only begin CPR but many times now coach rescuers in the rate and even depth of compressions.  AEDs use voice and visual prompts and the metronome is certainly a wonderful tool.  It’s common for lay rescuers to not push fast enough nor deep enough on the chest.  ZOLL devices have a proprietary technology called Real CPR Help which gives real time feedback.  Philips recently added a technology called QCPR for their innovative HeartStart FR3 Professional device.  HeartSine AEDs for public assess have a very straightforward and easy to follow metronome.  While Defibtech uses voice prompts in tandem with an amazing display screen to demonstrate and coach CPR with their VIEW AED.

We share these important features to help illustrate that purchasing AEDs is not the same a purchasing a commodity.  These are life-saving devices and these features and how the commands are carried out could have a dramatic impact as to whether the victim survives.  AED One-Stop Shop consults with our customers and prospects and we sort through the sometimes confusing product differences to select the right device.   mailto:Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call 855-677-AEDs for free expert help from this National trusted provider of public-type defibrillators.  Visit http://www.AEDOneStopShop.com.