AED Buyer’s Guide Questionnaire

Please select the answer (choices A-D) for each of the 16 statements below which best describes your thoughts and attitude towards that particular AED feature. Once complete, fill out contact information at the bottom of the questionnaire and submit or contact us at 855-OSS-AEDS or email where a professional will review your answers and make a professional recommendation that fits your specific needs.

Icons Graphical Dollar rev b1. Price and Initial Cost: Finding a device that fits both your budget as well as your needs is the first step in your life saving readiness.

Icons Graphical CPR rev b2. CPR Prompts: CPR is an integral part of a rescue and AEDs provide prompts which may include a CPR metronome or even more prompting.

Icons Graphical PADS rev b3. Cost of Ownership: Beyond the initial investment in the AEDs, the purchase of batteries, pads and maintenance over the life of the AED need to be considered.

Icons Graphical Voice rev b4. 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.

Icons Graphical Visual rev b5. 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.

Icons Graphical Shock Button rev b6. 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).

Icons Graphical Defib rev b7. Size, Shape and Weight: AEDs are sometimes stored in wall cabinets but other times are needed to be light and compact for better portability.

Icons Graphical Plane rev b8. Ruggedness and Durability: Some applications, such as a first responder, might require more ruggedness out of the AED to withstand drops and rougher conditions.

Icons Graphical Rain rev b9. Water and Dust Resiliency: An IP rating or an Ingress Protection Marking rates the level of protection to a wet or dusty environment.

Icons Graphical Sheild rev b10. 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 5–8 years.

Icons Graphical BiPhasic rev b11. 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.

Icons Graphical CPR rev b12. Language for Voice Prompts: Some AEDs models have the capability to have voice and visual prompts in another language.

Icons Graphical CPR rev b13. Wi-Fi or Cellular AED Connectivity: A new generation of AEDs and accessories have connectivity features built-in to the device

Icons Graphical CPR rev b14. AED Program Management: An organization must ensure their life-saving AEDs are ready to save lives. Web-based readiness software helps to automate this.

Icons Graphical Visual rev b15. CPR/AED Training: To have a complete well-designed AED program we suggest both AED training and CPR Certification.

Icons Graphical Visual rev b16. Purchase Assistance & Consultation: Choosing the right AED and accessories can be daunting, would you like a consultant to contact you before providing a quote.

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