Category Archives: AEDs for Schools

AED Types for Corporations, Schools and Government

Automated External Defibrillators are life-saving medical devices designed to be so simple and intuitive that anyone can use one to save a life.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is different from a typical heart attack, the victim drops, loses consciousness and almost certainly dies minutes later.  SCA is caused by an electrical misfire in the heart which causes the heart to have an abnormal rhythm in which the heart is unable to pump blood to the organs.  Cardiac Arrest deaths occur to men and women, young and old and even school-aged children.

The use of an AED or public defibrillator is the only way to revive a victim of Cardiac Arrest and CPR can help to distribute blood and oxygen.  Fortunately, the availability of AEDs in workplaces in communities is improving quickly as organizations invest in these life-saving devices.  If your company, city, county, department, church, school district, non-profit, or college doesn’t have AEDs this should be addressed immediately.  AEDs are affordable (typically $1200 to $1800) and they are incredibly easy-to-use as they even coach the responder through CPR.

AED One-Stop Shop offers the top AED types in the industry:

  • LIFEPAK AEDs are made by Physio-Control who was recently purchased by Stryker. The LIFEPAK Automated External Defibrillators are known for being fast to use and the popular CR-Plus and Express models have a pull handle which quickly unseal the electrode pouch.  LIFEPAK AEDs deliver up to 360j of energy for tough to defibrillate patients
  • HeartSine Samaritan PAD AEDs are very affordable and their technology is geared to the lay responder with straightforward prompts and a very slim and compact design. The new Samaritan 360P PAD can deliver a shock “automatically” without the responder having to push a shock button.
  • Cardiac Science Powerheart AEDs are packed with wonderful technology in particular their reliability features. An AED is no good if it doesn’t work in an emergency situation and the Powerheart devices do a vigorous test of hardware, software and key components each morning to ensure the AED will work when needed.  Their new Powerheart G5 AED can toggle between English & Spanish languages.
  • Defibtech Lifeline AEDs are a popular choice for corporations looking to make their workplaces safer. The Lifeline AEDs are affordable to purchase and maintain.  Their new generation Defibtech VIEW AED has a wonderful color video screen which enhances simplicity by showing you how to save a life and perform CPR.
  • ZOLL AED Plus devices are rich with great features that make them a top choice for workplaces and communities. Perhaps their best feature is their ability to help a responder through the daunting task of CPR with real time feedback which tells the rescuer to “push harder” or speed or slow their compressions.
  • Philips HeartStart AEDs are distinguished by their red carrying cases and easy-to-operate life-saving devices. HeartStart AEDs are simple to power on and the prompts change and adapt to speed for a skilled rescuer and slow for someone who’s not.  Philips AEDs are commonplace in airports and many public settings.

So which AED type is right for your organization?  By far the best tool in the industry for selecting the best AED type was cleverly created by AED One-Stop Shop, it’s called the Online AED Buyer’s Guide.  The National Multi-Brand AED provider uses a consultative style and this quick 12 question survey will help them chose the perfect AED type.  Beyond the AED selection, AED One-Stop Shop has cabinets, signage, onsite CPR training and everything needed for readiness and compliance with State AED Laws.  Call AED One-Stop Shop today at 855-677-2337 or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.

AED Mandate for Massachusetts Schools

AED One-Stop Shop is excited to share that there’s new legislation approved in Massachusetts in 2017 that will require every school (public, private or charter) to become AED-equipped. Senate bill S2449 will require that Commonwealth of Massachusetts schools be compliant with the mandate by July of 2018.
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Mark C. Montigny and is pending final approval by Governor Charlie Baker. Massachusetts joins about 20 other States who have similar mandates in place. New York, New Jersey and Texas are a few examples of States who have very widespread requirements while others have requirements only for school athletic programs. It’s estimated that more than 300 schools have not deployed life-saving Automated External Defibrillators yet.
How many AEDs are needed for a school? School districts should aim for a deployment where AED placement is optimized so that response times can be 3 minutes or less. This recommendation comes from the American Heart Association and a goal that “drop to shock” occur in less than 180 seconds. Best practices that come from school districts around the Nation are to place AEDs in the following locations: Gymnasiums, outside Nurses office (not locked inside,) auditoriums, campus police, school buses, and portable AEDs for sports and traveling teams. It’s not uncommon for a High School to have 8 or more life-saving devices but it’s typically a smaller number for Middle and Elementary Schools.
Who determines the plan for AEDs? School Nurses, Health & Wellness Directors, Athletic Directors, Facilities and Operations, and sometimes the Superintendents are often the “champions” for AEDs within a district. A good plan should include the equipment, organized CPR/AED training & certification, and program management which incorporates compliance with State AED laws and readiness software to ensure AEDs are checked routinely.
AED One-Stop Shop is a National leader in AEDs and as the name “One-Stop Shop” suggests we handle all facets of an AED program. AED One-Stop Shop supplies the following brands: LIFEPAK, Samaritan, Powerheart, ZOLL, Defibtech and Philips. For more information on AEDs in the State of Massachusetts read more here or call 855-677-2337 or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.

AED Defibrillators for Schools

There are a surprising number of young lives tragically taken by sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year.  It is estimated that there are about 7000 deaths of school age children to cardiac arrest.  For this reason it’s imperative that every school protect lives with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) for general safety.

AED One-Stop Shop partners with schools and helps them decide upon the best AED type for their school or entire district.  Some schools go to our ecommerce partner purchaseAEDs.com where they can buy AEDs, special bundles, batteries, pads and AED cabinets.

All public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and church academies need AEDs to protect their students, staff, faculty and of course visitors.  Depending upon the school organization the champions for AEDs can be lead nurses, health and wellness, athletics, HR or administration.  With so many school leaders who may play a part in the investment in AEDs it’s essential that these leaders don’t assume that another department handles this vital equipment.

A few key features for most schools are the following:

  • Ease-of-use (helps ensure that lay responders can perform the rescue)
  • Voice prompts (to help guide the rescuer)
  • Visual prompts (helpful in case it’s a loud environment)
  • Pediatric function (pediatric pads or key enable the AED pediatric capability)
  • Maintenance (how to manage and maintain the AEDs)
  • Advanced technology (how the AED functions and it’s upgradability)

The professionals at AED One-Stop Shop weigh the schools AED needs breaking down the functionality that’s needed and what’s important to our customer.  Since we carry the leading AED brands we are able to choose from the top models available.  Furthermore we can handle CPR/AED training and certification and Medical Direction if needed in their State.  AED One-Stop Shop is a favorite of schools and even Universities and we are honored to be trusted with the protection of life within these organizations.