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Myths About AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)

It’s sad but true that many organizations, companies, schools, non-profits and communities have steered clear of investing in life-saving AEDs (Workplace Defibrillators) because of myths or misinformation.  AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com are here to offer some clarity for you on these common opinions.  Our aim of this short article is certainly not to persuade you to buy them but rather present facts that you can weigh into your decision as to whether to make this investment in life safety.

Myth #1:  Heart Attack vs Sudden Cardiac Arrest understanding

American’s commonly confuse a Sudden Cardiac Arrest with a common Heart Attack and thus believe the likely candidates to need revival are elderly, over-weight, have heart problems or other risk factors.  In fact they are very different, a heart attack is more of a “plumbing problem” caused by a blockage and an AED can’t help those victims, they often require bypass surgery.  Cardiac Arrest however is an “electrical problem” caused by a misfire in the heart and this can occur someone one of any age (to include children and young adults) and any gender, often with no warning.  Cardiac Arrest takes 1,000 lives in the U.S. each day and the only way to revive them is with quick defibrillation and early CPR.

Myth #2:  Calling 911 Is Sufficient

Organizations often shy from AEDs because they are in close proximity to a Fire Station or Ambulance Company.  What they must realize is that “time to defibrillation” is of utmost importance to a rescue.  If a victim were to be shocked at minute 2 by a lay-responder with an onsite AED, the chance of survival would be about 80%.  If, however, an EMT or paramedic were to arrive with a professional defibrillator and deliver shock at minute 10 the likely hood of survival would be less than 5%.

Myth #3:  AED Devices Are Too Expensive

When AEDs first became available for purchase about 25 years ago, it was not uncommon for their price point to be $2000.00 – $3500.00 each.  Due to innovative technology and a competitive marketplace the pricing has come way down since then.  Today’s AEDs are not only affordable to purchase from about $1000.00 to $1800.00 but they’re affordable to maintain with batteries and pads overtime.  Organizations who’ve been apprehensive to buy them because they may need many devices should realize that most AED distributors like AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com offer volume discounts.

Myth #4:  Worries About Doing Harm or Product Safety

It’s common for people to be apprehensive about AEDs and concerned that they may harm or even kill someone with an Automated External Defibrillator.  All AEDs require FDA-approval to be sold and purchased in the United States.  Premarket approval (PMA) is the FDA process of scientific and regulatory review to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Class III medical devices.  It’s reassuring to know that all AEDs analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and can only deliver a defibrillation shock if the victim is indeed in need of one.  In other words, you simple can’t harm someone with an AED due to this required product safety feature.

Myth #5:  We Don’t Want the Legal Risk of Being Sued Because of AEDs

The Good Samaritan Laws in all 50 States are designed to protect those who respond in an emergency.  Good Sam Laws typically cover the responder, the organization and the enablers who are the company’s who provide the life-saving devices.  These laws include both use of CPR and use of an AED and as long as their utilized with good intent the protection is very comprehensive.  The courts are not as favorable when organizations fail to keep up the “standard of care” in an industry.  What this means is if most hotels (for example) have AEDs and one fails to invest in them they could be found liable if someone were to die on property.

We hope this short article dispels some myths and misperceptions and prompts some serious thought and consideration about creating a “heart safe” environment.  The team of Consultants at AED One-Stop Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com can help provide further depth on any of these topics by calling 855-677-2337 or mailto:Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.  Also know that today’s CPR training now incorporates AED training too so employees learn life-saving skills and how to use the simple-to-use AED devices.

AED Device & Battery Disposal & Recycling

AEDs are close to 30 years old which means that many organizations are on their 2nd or 3rd generation of life-saving Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.  But what do you do with your old AEDs?  How do you dispose of them responsibly so as to not endanger the environment with the lithium powered batteries?  AED One-Stop Shop and our partners at purchaseAEDs.com are proud to continue our FREE AED Recycling and Disposal Program.

#AEDRecycle accepts the following Automated External Defibrillator types: LIFEPAK, Philips HeartStart, ZOLL, Defibtech Lifeline ReviveR, Cardiac Science Powerheart, Physio-Control, Medtronic, Welch Allyn, Cintas, HeartStream ForeRunner and Laerdal.

Here are the easy steps:

Contact an AED Consultant at AED One-Stop Shop at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or 855-677-2337 option 1 for clarification about which items should be shipped and which non-hazardous items and can be disposed of.
Remove the batteries from your AEDs and pack them in boxes or other suitable packaging. It is okay to include all the parts such as the AED devices, carrying cases, batteries, pads and rescue kits.
Ship to AED One-Stop Shop via only ground shipment as the lithium batteries are typically prohibited from being shipped by air transportation.
Customers are responsible for the shipping charges but do not incur any processing or disposal fees.
Address for your shipment to:

AED One-Stop Shop
Attn: AED Recycling Program
6300 Riverside Plaza Lane NW
Suite 100
Albuquerque, NM 87120

AED One-Stop Shop thanks you for caring about the environment and for your interest in our sustainable AED recycling program.

To Shock or Not to Shock: AED Defibrillator Technology

When a person learns for the first time that an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) cannot deliver a shock unless it’s needed… they look relieved to say the least!  And why wouldn’t they?  Our visions and thoughts about defibrillators likely feature a hospital crash cart defib with paddles on a patient’s chest that we’ve seen on TV or in a movie.  But we’re not professional rescuers or medics.

An AED Defibrillator is a small easy-to-use life-saving device designed for every day people in an emergency.  Without one close or accessible the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is minimal.  AEDs are about $1500 and they offer amazing technology made simple for anyone to use to save another’s life.

Turn it on, listen to the voice prompts, place the pads on the bare chest, deliver a shock and do CPR compressions… that’s it.

So how is the AED Defibrillator intelligent enough to determine correctly if a shock is required?  The Automated External Defibrillator reads the victim’s ECG rhythm though the moist & sticky electrode pads. It determines if the heart is in a chaotic rhythm knows as (VF) ventricular fibrillation or V-fib.  It’s considered the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance.  Disordered electrical activity causes the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) to quiver, or fibrillate, instead of contracting (or beating) normally. This prohibits the heart from pumping blood, causing collapse and cardiac arrest.  This type of arrhythmia is a medical emergency and it is certainly threatening.

A complex algorithm helps the AED Defibrillator determine if the victim is indeed in Sudden Cardiac Arrest and then delivers a defibrillation shock.  If the victim is choking, having a seizure, fainting or other reasons for being non-responsive the device would not deliver a shock.

The team at AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com would kindly ask you to share with others whether you know this or just learned it.  This action could lead to human lives being saved.  If you’d like to go about equipping with AED Defibrillators at your organization, contact us at 1-855-677-2337 or Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.

What to do if you don’t have AEDs at work

If you’re in a role of safety, operations, facilities, general management, security or HR and your organization doesn’t have AEDs it’s really an obligation to make a proposal.  AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com is here to help you.  That AEDs are not in your company’s policy isn’t a surprise because AEDs are only really about 20 years from launch.  To compound the issue there are misperceptions about these life-saving devices.  Some believe they aren’t safe but in reality they simply can’t deliver a shock to someone who’s not in sudden cardiac arrest.  Some believe their staff aren’t medical and thus couldn’t use a defibrillator but practically anyone could use these simple and straightforward devices.  And some are worried about exposing legal risk but inversely there’s likely more risk for those that don’t invest in AEDs as they are becoming standard of care for businesses, government, education and communities.

Here’s our recommendations:

  1. Start the chatter about AEDs with management and as part of any safety teams or committees.
  2. Share the statistics that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number cause for workplace fatality and that 1000 die each day in the U.S.
  3. Know the misperceptions and be ready to explain that AEDs are safe, easy-to-use, affordable and about Good Samaritan Laws. Look up the laws in your State here.
  4. Use the AED Buyer’s Guide from AED One-Stop Shop to help get a recommendation as to the perfect AED type.
  5. Use our product recommendation and accompanying quotes to officially propose the project to management and for budgeting
  6. Propose a comprehensive solution featuring AEDs, readiness software and CPR/AED training not just the devices themselves

Not every organization embraces workplace safety and some are clearly more proactive than others.  By asking questions, starting dialogue and provoking thought it will help your chances.  It’s not easy be a champion but if you are passionate and your argument is well put together it really is hard for management to say no to a program that protects human life.  Engage AED One-Stop Shop to help you make the proposal and we commit to supporting you with all the tools we have.  Call us at 855-677-2337 or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.

Powerheart G5 for Workplaces & Businesses

The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 Fully Automatic AED is an easy to use device with intuitive operation and user-paced prompts that enable first-time rescuers to act quickly and confidently to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. Rest easy knowing your Powerheart AED will perform as expected during a rescue thanks to Rescue Ready technology that performs rigorous daily, weekly, and monthly self-tests. The Powerheart G5 also includes a medical-grade battery with a 4-year full operational guarantee, an 8-year warranty, and the best tools and support.
During a tense rescue, both experienced and first-time rescuers will benefit from the Powerheart G5’s RescueCoach™ user-paced instruction, intuitive pad design, and automatic shock delivery to reduce the likelihood of human error.
More than 100 patents and 20+ years of engineering excellence goes into every Powerheart G5. Our latest innovation now features customizable escalating energy, faster shock times, and dual-language capability. Light enough to travel anywhere but strong enough to pass military standards and receive an IP55 rating for protection from dust and water, the Powerheart G5 is built to withstand the rigors of your job.Take a peek under the hood to find out more.

For a quote please email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call 855-677-AEDS.  AED One-Stop Shop is an authorized Cardiac Science dealer with great pricing and expert support.  Visit AED One-Stop Shop or try PurchaseAEDs.com to buy online.

Buy AEDs in Texas

When searching for a Texas AED Supplier or Vendor, AED One-Stop Shop is a top choice.  Texas Cities such as Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso, Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Midland, Laredo, Brownsville and Harlingen have AED programs in place.

An Automated External Defibrillator is a life-saving device which is used to rescue lives from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  The AED can be used by ordinary people as well as first responders and professional rescuers.  AED One-Stop Shop has provided AEDs to Texas schools, universities, corporations, and government entities.  Here are some of our offerings:  Philips AEDs, ZOLL AEDs, Powerheart AEDs, LIFEPAK AEDs, Defibtech AEDs and HeartSine AEDs.

If you’re curious about what is needed to create an AED program here is a quick summary.  An AED should be mounted and visible with a wall cabinet.  The AED should be equipped with a battery (typically lasts 4 years) and 1 or 2 adult electrode sets (typically 2 years) and a carry case and rescue kit.  It’s a good idea to form an internal response team and get them trained and certified in CPR.  A program called PlusTrac from AED One-Stop Shop helps you be in complete compliance with Texas AED laws.  Here are a few useful links:

And here’s a link to our very popular AED Buyers Guide.  For those who prefer to buy AEDs online here’s a link to purchaseAEDs.com.  You can email us at Sales@AEDOneStopSho.com or call us at 855-677-2337 or 505-800-5280.

Why Philips FRx AED?

If you’re seeking an Automated External Defibrillator with the ease-of-use that Philips is known for and a design that’s built to last, the FRx is it.  AED One-Stop Shop is a National “Preferred” Distributor and we find that customers enjoy the HeartStart versatility tremendously.

The Philips HeartStart FRx AED was built with rugged design so that it’s ready for real-world use. It was built to surpass rigorous testing requirements: withstanding jetting water, crushing loads of up to 500 pounds, and a one-meter drop onto concrete. The HeartStart FRx features CPR coaching and intuitive icon-driven operation. Calm, clear voice instructions are tailored to the responder’s actions, providing guidance during the resuscitation of an SCA victim. The infant/child key turns the HeartStart FRx into a pediatric defibrillator by adjusting the voice instructions and decreasing defibrillation therapy to treat infants and children. The same pad set works for adults, children, and infants. At just 3.5 pounds, the HeartStart FRx is light and portable, allowing for easy transport. Its size and weight make it perfect for police officers, firefighters, and trained public servants. Your HeartStart FRx goes through a 120-point test before it leaves the factory. On the job, it conducts self-tests every single day, not just weekly. It performs over 80 different tests in all. Even the pads are tested for readiness.

Philips SMART Biphasic therapy uses a unique combination of high current – to increase effectiveness, and a lower energy dose – to decrease side effects that are harmful to a fragile heart. CPR is even more vital to survival than previously realized. Rapidly delivering a shock after chest compressions is critical. The HeartStart FRx’s Quick Shock feature reduces the time between hands-off and shock delivery.

Contact us via email at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call and get a live professional at 855-677-2337 or check out more about Philips AED products here HeartStart Defibrillators.  Protecting lives with AEDs is a must for every workplace, school, church and community.

 

All About Philips FRx AED

If you’re seeking an Automated External Defibrillator with the ease-of-use that Philips is known for and a design that’s built to last, the FRx is it.  AED One-Stop Shop is a National “Preferred” Distributor and we find that customers enjoy the HeartStart versatility tremendously.

The Philips HeartStart FRx AED was built with rugged design so that it’s ready for real-world use. It was built to surpass rigorous testing requirements: withstanding jetting water, crushing loads of up to 500 pounds, and a one-meter drop onto concrete. The HeartStart FRx features CPR coaching and intuitive icon-driven operation. Calm, clear voice instructions are tailored to the responder’s actions, providing guidance during the resuscitation of an SCA victim. The infant/child key turns the HeartStart FRx into a pediatric defibrillator by adjusting the voice instructions and decreasing defibrillation therapy to treat infants and children. The same pad set works for adults, children, and infants. At just 3.5 pounds, the HeartStart FRx is light and portable, allowing for easy transport. Its size and weight make it perfect for police officers, firefighters, and trained public servants. Your HeartStart FRx goes through a 120-point test before it leaves the factory. On the job, it conducts self-tests every single day, not just weekly. It performs over 80 different tests in all. Even the pads are tested for readiness.

Philips SMART Biphasic therapy uses a unique combination of high current – to increase effectiveness, and a lower energy dose – to decrease side effects that are harmful to a fragile heart. CPR is even more vital to survival than previously realized. Rapidly delivering a shock after chest compressions is critical. The HeartStart FRx’s Quick Shock feature reduces the time between hands-off and shock delivery.

Contact us via email at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com or call and get a live professional at 855-677-2337 or check out more about Philips AED products here HeartStart Defibrillators.  Protecting lives with AEDs is a must for every workplace, school, church and community.

 

 

AED One-Stop Shop Will Help You Include Lifesaving AEDs as Part of Your Emergency Management Protocol

AED One-Stop Shop proudly works with a large number of emergency management agencies across the United States. Emergency management consists of planning ahead to reduce an area’s vulnerability to potential hazards and to prepare the community to cope with disasters.

It’s important to note that planning for disaster management doesn’t avert or eliminate hazardous threats. Instead, it focuses on planning to decrease the damage to a community due to a disaster. Failure to create a plan can lead to the loss of human life, damage to valuable assets, and lost revenue.

An estimated 60 percent of American businesses don’t have emergency preparedness plans. AEDs are a non-intrusive and affordable way to start the process of implementing an emergency safety plan for a safer workplace. Equipping these lifesaving devices can help to reduce the alarming estimated number of 1,000 Americans per day perishing from cardiac arrest.

Emergency managers can incorporate the right type and quantity of publically accessible AEDs that are strategically placed to yield response times of less than 3 minutes. Furthermore, ample training is available for employees so they’re skilled and confident while using an AED during a cardiac emergency.

Program management shouldn’t be overlooked as this is a comprehensive system that includes safety protocols, tracking, auditing and direction from a trained physician. AED One-Stop Shop has the answers for emergency managers.

We use a thorough consultative approach where we ensure that all of the important facets of an AED program are safely implemented. After completion of a free detailed needs analysis, we’ll recommend the most appropriate product for your specific safety needs.

We offer consumers a choice of 5 leading brands consisting of over twenty AED models. Wall cabinets, child pads, and services that accompany these lifesaving devices are also available.

We welcome you to contact our courteous and professional staff by phone at 1-855-677-2337 or via e-mail at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to discuss AED inclusion into your emergency management protocol.

The Lifesaving Importance of Learning About CPR and AEDs.

If you’ve already purchased or done research about automated external defibrillators (AEDs), then you probably already know they’re easy to use during a cardiac emergency. Voice guided prompts ease the rescuer through the step-by-step process to save a life using the AED.

Though the operation of these medical devices is fairly straightforward, we are often asked why training is required. Our answer is that CPR/AED training and certification will ensure the proper use of an AED during a sudden cardiac emergency while in some states, training and certification are mandatory.

CPR is an emergency procedure that’s performed to preserve brain function until further measures can be made by professional medical personnel to restore the spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest.

Using timed chest compressions at a rate of at least 100 per minute, at least, 2-inches deep, artificial circulation can be created by manually pumping blood through the heart which will lead to blood flow to the rest of the body. The responder may exhale into the person’s mouth or nose using a device that pushes air into the lungs.

Today, an emphasis is placed on proper chest compression. A simplified CPR method that uses only chest compressions is recommended for untrained responders. Trusted organizations like The American Heart Association and The Red Cross include the use of an AED in their CPR courses.

Check your local state’s requirements to see if AED training is mandatory with CPR training. We here at AED One-Stop Shop strongly advocate the teaching and learning of lifesaving skills. Employees in the workplace are more at ease and have confidence while using the AED technology and in our experience, they’re far more likely respond to a cardiac emergency.

For more information contact us by phone at 1-855-OSS-AEDS or via e-mail at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com