Category Archives: Discontinued AEDs

When to Replace Philips HeartStart ForeRunner or FR2 AEDs

Philips Healthcare manufactures the popular HeartStart AEDs that are typically in a distinctive red carrying case.  AED One-Stop Shop is an “authorized Philips National Distributor” and we often get questions about AEDs being discontinued and when to replace them.  If you’ve had AEDs for about 10 – 20 years it’s possible that your AEDs have reached “End of Life” or at least nearing it.  The older type AEDs to be concerned about are:

  • HeartStream ForeRunner
  • HeartStream FR
  • HeartStart FR1
  • Philips HeartStart FR1

These AEDs are considered obsolete, no longer supported, no longer warrantied and supplies such as batteries and electrode pads are no longer available.  From the standpoint of protecting lives, the new AEDs offered by Philips have far better technology, they’re much easier-to-use and they’re more reliable too.  From the standpoint of managing risk, organizations with “End of Life” AEDs are wise to replace them immediately.

Now to AEDs which are still supported but are nearing their “End of Life.”  The AEDs to be aware of are:

  • Philips HeartStart FR2
  • Philips HeartStart FR2+
  • HeartStream FR2

These AEDs are currently supported by Philips Healthcare and batteries and pads are still available.  These devices are expected to reach “End of Life” in December of 2018.  The technology is still viable but a short-coming of the FR2 and FR2+ AEDs is that they don’t have pre-connected pads.  Having electrode pads which are pre-connected is now a “standard” in the industry.  In a chaotic rescue when a loved one or colleague is down and unresponsive, plugging in electrodes is one extra step which can delay the rescue.  The FR2 devices still have some “trade-in” value (often between $50 – $100) towards the purchase of a new AEDs.

The latest AEDs from Philips are as follows:

  • Philips HeartStart OnSite (HS1)
  • Philips HeartStart FRx
  • Philips HeartStart FR3

These devices have phenomenal technology and a Sales Consultant at AED One-Stop Shop can help pair you with the ideal type for your application.  The OnSite AED is particularly simple to operate and it’s economical too.  The FRx AED is equally straightforward to use and it boasts great ruggedness and a pediatric key feature.  The FR3 AED is fast, easy, rugged and it boasts wonderful technology including multi-language capability.  Email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call us at 855-677-2337.  For more info on Philips HeartStart AEDs from AED One-Stop Shop click here.

Welch Allyn AED 10 & 20 Are “End of Life”

If you are in possession of Welch Allyn AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) it is important that you’re aware that these are discontinued and have been deemed “End of Life.” The batteries and pads for the Welch Allyn are no longer manufactured and Welch Allyn AED owners should beware of companies offering these consumables.

Welch Allyn certainly remains in business but they are not active in the North American AED market. Welch Allyn, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is an American manufacturer of medical diagnosis devices, patient monitoring systems, and miniature precision lamps. Headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York, Welch Allyn employs more than 2,750 people and has manufacturing, sales, and distribution facilities located throughout the world.

Due to the discontinued / unsupported status of the Welch AEDs, these no longer have “trade-in” value towards new AEDs. There are 6 primary brands available in the U.S. and approved by the FDA:

– Philips HeartStart AEDs
– Physio-Control LIFEPAK AEDs
– HeartSine Samaritan AEDs
– ZOLL AED Plus AEDs
– Defibtech Lifeline AEDs
– Cardiac Science Powerheart AEDs

An AED Expert at AED One-Stop Shop can help organizations determine which AED type to select to replace the obsolete Welch Allyn AEDs. AED One-Stop Shop (as the name suggests) carries all the major brands and accompanying supplies, training, and program management. We drop ship directly to our customers and since we don’t stock products we are not incented to provide one AED type over another. We pair our customers with the ideal device that fits their specific need.

We certainly urge Welch Allyn AED customers to replace their AEDs rather than invest further dollars into the discontinued devices. Here’s a link to our AED Buyer’s Guide and you can certainly reach us by phone 855-677-AEDS for live expert help with a professional approach or email at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com. In short, it’s wonderful you’ve invested in safety and protecting lives but please know there are better, easier, more advanced life-saving AEDs available.