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HeartSine Wi-Fi Connected AEDs

We invest in AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to protect and save lives. The remarkably easy-to-use and safe devices can help practically anyone save a human life. But what if the AED isn’t rescue ready when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest? Organizations struggle to manage weekly or monthly AED device audits and as a result AEDs often get neglected. Without routine replacement of batteries and pads AEDs the life-saving devices can go dead so to speak.
Enter the latest offerings from AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity. Announcing the launch of the HeartSine Samaritan “Connected” bundles:
– HeartSine Samaritan “Connected” 350P (semi-automatic AED with integrated Wi-Fi)
– HeartSine Samaritan “Connected” 360P (fully-automatic AED with integrated Wi-Fi)
– HeartSine Samaritan “Connected” 350P (semi-auto AED with CPR Advisor & integrated Wi-Fi)
– HeartSine Gateway Device (to retro-fit all HeartSine 350P, 360P, and 450P models)
All of these offerings are designed to be compatible with AED LIFELINKcentral readiness software. The HeartSine Samaritan AEDs do their own period self-tests to ensure the hardware components, software and consumables combine to be rescue ready. Until now, employees would ideally check the devices periodically and record their audit results in a readiness software program or using paper check tags and/or spreadsheets. Such processes leave obvious room for error and some studies that more than 1 in 5 AEDs may not be ready for use.
So how does this new technology work and what does it do? The HeartSine Gateway communication device connects with the HeartSine AED, simply snapping on to the device. To accommodate the slightly larger combined size of the AED with the Gateway, the new bundles and retro-fit kits come with a larger newly designed Stryker carrying case((and a removal tool.) As part of a one-time setup the AED program coordinator pairs the Gateway units with their existing Wi-Fi single or dual band 2.4 ghz router. Once paired, the Gateway communicates with AED LIFELINKcentral to alert the program coordinator once an AED fails a self-test.
This new HeartSine Connected technology is valuable whether an organization invests in few AEDs or has many. That said, organizations with many AEDs (tens, hundreds, or thousands) tend to find the management of audits and maintenance especially cumbersome and challenging.
If you’re curious whether the new HeartSine Connected AEDs will pair with your existing readiness software, that’s not likely. The HeartSIne Connected offerings work only with Stryker’s LIFELINKcentral platform, which is yet another reason why customers are coming to AED One-Stop Shop and purchaseAEDs.com to integrate new technology into their existing program. Call 855-677-2337 or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to set up a free webinar with an AED Consultant. We’ll learn about your AED program and your challenges and issues and we’ll take a deeper dive into what your program could look like with AED LIFELINKentral.

New Wireless Technology for AED Readiness

What’s new in the AED industry?  AEDs have been available for about two decades and in those 20+ years the manufacturers have been focusing their product enhancements upon improving ease-of-use.  We are beginning to see a shift and perhaps over the next decade the focus will be readiness using wireless technology.  What does this mean?  Inspecting AEDs routinely, replacing expiring pads, and ensuring batteries have ample power to save a life are more challenging that you might expect whether you have one AED or hundreds.  There are countless stories of cardiac arrest deaths where the closest AED couldn’t be located or the AED was not operational due to depleted batteries or dried out electrode pads.

AED One-Stop Shop (as you might expect) as the industry’s “consultative” life-saving device provider is on the forefront of the readiness movement.  We strongly believe a great AED program should be much more than hanging an AED on the wall… it should feature readiness web-based software like AED LIFELINKcentral, AED PlusTrac, or ARCH.  Such software automates the process of checking AED devices with email reminders, date-stamped audit results, and prompts when consumables are expiring.

Now for what’s coming… we anticipate new AED types like the LIFEPAK CR2 and ZOLL AED 3 to boast built-in wireless technology that will pair with LIFELINKcentral or PlusTrac program management software.  This new technology will mean that rather having humans check the AEDs once monthly and logging their results the AEDs will send alerts wirelessly using the cloud, WiFi, and/or cellular data.  What about those who are not in the market for the brand new AED types?  Physio-Control is rumored to be launching communication devices that attach to HeartSine Samaritan and LIFEPAK CR-Plus devices to link them with AED LIFELINKcentral.  Philips offers SmartLink for the Philips HeartStart OnSite, Home and FRx devices.  And look for AED Sentinal launching this summer which can provide readiness status for any existing AED type using a cabinet-mounted cellular device.

AEDs are marvelous life-protecting devices but they can only save a life if they are maintained and checked for readiness.  AED One-Stop Shop’s professional recommendation is that if you’re spending over $1000.00 for AEDs you should seriously consider pairing them with readiness software and even better a wireless solution.  Call 855-677-2337 or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to learn how your organization can better their AED program using new technology from AED One-Stop Shop.