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How to Select & Buy AED Defibrillators

Your organization chooses to invest in life-protecting AEDs or perhaps you have them and are seeking to upgrade to the latest lifesaving technology.  But how do you go about choosing which one of the six FDA brands to select, or even further which model and configuration.  This would take an individual or safety team weeks to research and price.  But AED One-Stop Shop & purchaseAEDs.com have the perfect tool for you to compare, contrast and price Automated External Defibrillators, introducing the AED Buyer’s Guide.  We weigh 15 crucial criteria to your selection and make a professional recommendation accompanied by a discounted price quote.  Here are the criteria that we ask for your organization’s feelings on:

  1. Price and Initial Cost

As with many items one buys, you get what you pay for. Typically the higher the price of an AED the better the reputation and the better the AED features.

  1. CPR Prompts

CPR is an integral part of a rescue and AEDs provide prompts which may include a CPR metronome or even more prompting.

  1. Cost of Ownership

Beyond the initial investment in the AEDs, the purchase of batteries, pads and maintenance of the AED program need to be considered.

  1. Ease-of-Use and Usability

Public Defibrillators are designed with simplicity in mind, but usability studies suggest that some brands/models are more straightforward and thus quicker to operate and deliver a shock.

  1. Visual Prompts

All AEDs feature voice prompts but some provide better visual indicators and prompts than others such as diagrams, flashing lights, LCD screens, or text screens.

  1. Fully-Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic Shock Delivery

Fully-Automatic (delivers a shock without pushing a button) verses Semi-Automatic devices (require the pushing of a shock button).

  1. Size, Shape and Weight

AEDs are sometimes stored in wall cabinets but other times are needed to be light and compact for better portability.

  1. Ruggedness and Durability

Some applications, such as a first responder, might require more ruggedness out of the AED to withstand drops and rougher conditions.

  1. Water and Dust Resiliency

An IP rating or an Ingress Protection Marking rates the level of protection to a wet or dusty environment.

  1. Reliability and Warranty

All AEDs do self-tests of components but some do more extensive and frequent testing. Also contributing to reliability is warranty which range from 5 – 10 years.

  1. Defibrillation Technology

An AED’s primary purpose is to deliver life-saving defibrillation therapy to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim. Each brand does so in a different manner.

  1. Advanced ECG Functionality

Some AEDs have the capability to show the patient’s ECG rhythm which is an important feature for a medical professional or professional rescuer.

  1. Language for Voice Prompts

Some AEDs models have the capability to have voice and visual prompts in another language.

  1. AED Program Management

An organization must ensure their life-saving AEDs are ready to save lives. Web-based readiness software helps to automate this.

  1. CPR/AED Training

To have a complete well-designed AED program requires both AED training and CPR Certification.

 

If you’d like some more personalized help you can call us at 855-677-2337.  Should you be upgrading from old AEDs to new ones, did you know there’s a FREE AED Recycling Program available?

Selecting AEDs for Businesses, Workplaces and Corporations

As a business leader there are so many things to be mindful of when it comes to employee retention, morale, wellness, and to generally create a safe and productive work environment.  Safety and security are certainly areas of high importance for any business large or small.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest remains the top cause of death in the Nation with 1,000 lives taken each day, many of which are in the workplace.  Unlike a heart attack or MI (Myocardial Infarction) in which the victim may very well survive with appropriate treatment, Cardiac Arrest is an electrical misfire of the heart which leads to near certain death.  SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) takes the lives of men, women, young, elderly and even youth.  It is a most unpredictable killer.

The good news is that cardiac arrest death can be averted with the use of CPR and availability of small, easy-to-use life-saving devices called Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.  CPR classes promote the skills to perform effective chest compressions which help distribute blood to organs while the heart is in a chaotic rhythm, while the AED delivers the crucial defibrillation shock to the victim.  AEDs are more affordable than you might think, typically in the $1500 range, a small price to potentially save a human life.  The public defibrillators are remarkably straightforward to use with voice prompts and visual prompts to guide the responder through the rescue.

The primary AED types for workplaces include LIFEPAK, HeartSine, Cardiac Science, Philips, Defibtech and ZOLL.  How should a Company determine which type fits their needs and budget?  It’s important to note that the AED types vary greatly in their look, color, design, functionality, and featured technology.

Enter, AED One-Stop Shop, the “one-of-a-kind” National AED Distributor with a very consultative approach.  We intelligently and thoughtfully pair our Corporate clients with the ideal life-saving devices, accompanying CPR/AED training & certification, and AED Program Management for compliance with State Good Samaritan Laws and general readiness.  We base our product recommendations on customer needs using a carefully designed AED Buyer’s Guide which gauges the customers views on 12 or more key criteria.  Following the consultation and AED Program recommendations are often surprised by our affordable and competitive pricing, especially considering the level support they receive.

If your Company is in the category of not having AEDs this must be remedied before lives are lost.  Also Companies under-deployed with few devices or perhaps one at headquarters should revisit their program for multiple reasons including legal risks.  If your Company does periodic CPR training but lacks the Automated External Defibrillators this further investment in safety should not be postponed.  And lastly those Corporations with AED devices widely available but no training run the risk of employees being hesitant to respond because of fears about the AED’s safety.

AED One-Stop Shop would be delighted to assist your business to create a “heart safe environment” and protect your most valuable assets… your people.  Call 855-677-2337 or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or why not complete our short 12 question online version of the AED Buyer’s Guide?  Speaking of online, if you’d like to see pricing and even buy AEDs online, try our partner website PurchaseAEDs.com. We look forward to improving life-safety and leading to lives being saved.