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The Basics of Why You Need Public Defibrillators (AEDs)

We all know that cardiovascular disease is on the rise but as a whole most people don’t live in fear about a heart attack.  But we should become very aware about sudden cardiac arrest.  Heart attack and cardiac arrest are two very different conditions.  Think of a heart attack as a plumbing problem, it strikes those you might anticipate with risk factors such as age, obesity, cholesterol and family medical history.  Heart attack victims remain conscious and they are treated in the Hospital with stents, balloons and bypass surgery.  Think of cardiac arrest as an electrical problem, the heart misfires and the victim becomes unconscious followed by death minutes later.  Cardiac arrest does not discriminate, it takes both women and men and practically any age to include kids.  Cardiac arrest sadly takes about 1,000 lives per day in the U.S. which represents more than any cancer type or any other cause of death.

Now the good news… an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a small, compact life-saving device which could reverse death and revive a cardiac arrest victim.  You’ve seen these emergency in airports, government buildings, sporting venues and really anywhere that people gather.  What you may not have realized when you’ve seen defibrillators in cabinets is that they are actually designed for ordinary people rather than medical professionals.  Here’s how to use one:

  1. Instruct someone to call 911 and to get the AED or defibrillator
  2. Begin CPR compressions hard and fast in the middle of the chest (breaths are optional now)
  3. Power on the AED and follow the voice and visual prompts
  4. You’ll open electrode pads and place them on the upper right and lower left chest
  5. The AED will analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and tell you how to proceed
  6. If a shock is advised, you might be prompted to push the shock button or the shock might commence automatically
  7. Resume or begin CPR compressions at a rate of 100 more compressions per minute or to the “Staying Alive” beat
  8. Continue follow directions until medics arrive and be prepared that sometimes the victim might require more shocks and CPR

Not everyone is meant to be a first responder but with AEDs really anyone can save a life.  They are safe, simple and the technology keeps getting better and better to make them even more user-friendly.

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5 Questions Answered about AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)

Bravo for you interest in learning about AEDs, it could lead to a human life being saved!  Automated External Defibrillators are small and affordable devices that are so easy-to-use that an ordinary person could certainly use them to save a life.

  1. Question: Are AEDs safe to use and could you harm someone with one?  Answer:  The FDA approves these medical devices for public-use because they have a special algorithm that analyzes the victims heart beat and only delivers a defibrillation shock if someone absolutely needs it.  In short you can’t shock someone with a normal heart rhythm even if pads were on the chest and the rescuer were to push the shock button.
  2. Question: Do you need a medical prescription to buy an AED?  Answer:  Most AED manufacturers include a free prescription with the AED and others are so simple-to-use that a prescription is not required.  That said, it’s wise to look up your State AED Laws to see what’s required.
  3. Question: How much does an AED cost?  Answer:  Typical prices tend to range between about $1200 – $2800 for an AED but the more expensive ones are typically designed for professional rescuers.  Some AED suppliers have configured bundles which include an alarmed cabinet and signage because it’s important that AEDs are made visible and accessible within the workplace.
  4. Question: Are refurbished or recertified AEDs okay to buy?  As a general rule it’s wise to remind oneself that AEDs are designed to protect human lives.  The new AED market is much larger than the market for used devices because customers can be certain that the AED has passed quality assurance processes by the AED manufacturer.  The savings are likely not worth the risk that a refurbished AED dealer has performed a complete and thorough enough process for quality control.
  5. Question: Do employees need to be trained to use the AED in a rescue?  All major CPR curriculum like American Heart Association and American Red Cross include instruction in not only delivering CPR compressions but also how to use an AED.  Organizations are encouraged to incorporate CPR training & certification in their safety plans.  That said, there are many examples of lives being saved my lay-rescuers who aren’t CPR certified.

We certainly hope that you found these answers useful and should you have further questions about the differences between the AEDs or perhaps liability issues you can reach out to AED One-Stop Shop at 855-677-AEDS.  We utilize a more consultative approach than most and customers particularly love our AED Buyer’s Guide and online 12 question quiz to help pair customers with the ideal life-saving device.

Aren’t All AEDs The Same?

There are six major brands of Automated External Defibrillators approved by the FDA to be supplied to workplaces and communities in the United States.  There’s a fairly common misperception that they’re all the same.  The commonalities of the AEDs are as follows:

  • All AEDs are safe, they deliver a shock only when the ECG analysis determines that it is needed
  • All AEDs have voice prompts which tell the responder what to do to revive the victim
  • All AEDs deliver a biphasic shock to the victim which has been proven to be effective in stopping the heart’s arrhythmia in hopes it might resume normal heart function

That’s about where the similarities end.  AEDs vary dramatically in their size, weight, color, features, battery type, electrode pad type, their ease-of-use features, their visual prompts, the energy they deliver, how they’re turned on, whether they have a shock button, whether they coach for CPR and there are many more differentiators.

AED One-Stop Shop is the National AED Supplier focused upon making workplace, schools, and communities safer.  AED One-Stop Shop has all the answers as to which life-saving public defibrillator is most suitable for various organizations.  We use a quite unique consultative model and tools such as the AED Buyer’s Guide to help our customers to truly determine which AEDs best suit their need.  This decision is much more than the cheapest initial price tag and much more than looking at the ongoing cost of replacement batteries and pads.  In World which so commonly has consumers buying things online we still highly encourage a conversation to discuss this safety initiative because after all there are human lives on the line.  The decision of which AED to buy could actually mean that one day your friend, colleague, spouse, stranger, teacher, or student could be saved and given another chance at life.  Most AED company websites are confusing, they are crowded with products and customers find themselves price shopping.  AED One-Stop Shop is different, there are no prices, no special offers, no shopping carts but rather rich information and a friendly professional waiting to speak with you when you call 855-677-2337.  Call us today, whether your question is about product features, pricing, liability, CPR training or compliance with laws in your State.  Can’t talk at this moment?  Then email us at and we’ll be prompt, professional and informative with our reply.

AED Companies – AED One-Stop Shop

When you’ve made the decision that your company, school district, university, non-profit, or organization needs AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators the natural next move is to research and shop the AED Companies. Here are the primary U.S. AED manufacturers as of 2016 in alphabetical order:

- Cardiac Science is owned by Aurora Resurgence and they make the Powerheart brand in Wisconsin
- Defibtech is owned by Nihon Kohden Corporation and they make the Lifeline & ReviveR brands in Connecticut
- HeartSine was recently acquired by Physio-Control and they make the Samaritan brand in Pennsylvania
- Philips is a Dutch technology company and they make the HeartStart brand in Washington
- Physio-Control is owned by Bain Capital and they make the LIFEPAK brand in Washington
- ZOLL is owned by Asahi Kasei Group and they make the AED Plus brand in Massachusetts

It’s quite common for AED buyers to submit requests for pricing to each of the six Companies above. The challenge is that these giant companies that make these amazingly well-designed life-saving devices sometimes struggle with general responsiveness to customers and often they often deal only through a distribution model.

Enter AED One-Stop Shop. By offering the leading AED brands they serve AED buyers responsively, professionally and with great industry knowledge and expertise. Rather than dealing with six company representatives, customers enjoy working with one true expert. AED One-Stop Shop is based in Albuquerque, NM and they offer life-protecting public defibrillators in all 50 States. AED One-Stop Shop specializes in public type defibrillators unlike others who serve other markets in the broader safety markets and EMS-specialty markets.

It’s also worth pointing out that AED One-Stop Shop deals only with brand new life-saving devices rather than refurbished or used equipment and with a National drop-ship model these devices ship straight from the factory to the end-user customer.

If you need to buy AEDs or seek pricing for budgeting or grant proposals email or call 855-677-2337. Enjoy expert consultation and professionals that will guide customers to the ideal life-protecting equipment for their particular needs or application.

The Reliability of an AED

When one purchases AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) they typically do so in hopes these life-saving devices are never needed.  They demonstrate proactive thinking and a priority on making the workplace safe.  When that dreaded moment happens and someone drops to what appears to be sudden cardiac arrest, how does one know the AED will work and it will function as it’s supposed to?  In other words, what good is a life-protecting defibrillator if it’s not ready when it’s needed most?

It’s important to know that AED manufacturers have certainly anticipated this need for reliability in the design of their products.  All public defibrillators perform self-testing to help detect and diagnose any issues with the device prior to the moment it is needed for a rescue.  AEDs awake periodically to perform a self-test process, it does this automatically on a scheduled-basis without any user-intervention required.  These self-tests typically check battery strength, pad connectivity, pad integrity, software, internal components and hardware, and more.  Be aware that some AEDs perform these tests more or less frequently ranging from daily to weekly.  Furthermore some AEDs do more robust and comprehensive testing than others.  These self-testing protocols are important and should be considered in the selection process.

If a problem is detected in the AED it sounds an audible chirp and displays a visual indicator of some type.  These audible and visual clues that the device is problematic and perhaps not rescue-ready vary from brand to brand.  For most warnings the AED will describe the problem with voice and or text prompts that might alert that “battery is low” or “replace pads” or “service required.”

At AED One-Stop Shop we believe product reliability should be considered as part of the selection process.  We also recommend an AED Program Management Solution which includes tracking software and email reminders to check your AEDs. By assigning an internal point of contact to visual check the AED each month an organization can lessen the risk that an AED is not ready when needed.  Do chose an AED with good reliability and consider Program Management to improve your organizations overall readiness.  Visit us at AED One-Stop Shop, call us at 855-677-AEDS, or email us at to discuss your AED needs today.

Automatic Shock Delivery and AEDs

As AED (Automated External Defibrillator) manufacturers strive to improve general usability of Public Defibrillators some have developed “Automatic” type devices.  The “Auto” shock delivery feature describes devices which delivers a shock without the need to push a shock button.  Semi-Automatic devices require the rescuer to push a shock button to deliver therapy.

The general logic behind such a feature is the thought that a responder might pause or delay in pushing a shock button over the fear that the device might harm someone, lack of confidence or perhaps they are worried about liability.  An “Auto” AED saves the responder from making such a decision, it arms by itself, warns all to stand back, and then delivers a shock to the victim.

Some (especially professional responders) feel strongly that an AED should not deliver therapy in such a way and the rescuer should ensure no one is touching the patient before they push the shock button.  This type of training is engrained in them and thus they are more apt to favor Semi-Automatic AEDs.

At AED One-Stop Shop (visit our site here) we don’t believe that one type fits all applications, needs, or situations.  There is certainly a place for both Public Defibrillator types in the marketplace.  Some manufacturers feature separate configurations of each AED model to fit the customer’s preference for shock button or no shock button.  As the industry’s premier “Consultative” AED retailer we educate our customers on all facets of a well-designed AED program.  We certainly walk our customers through the general logic to consider as well as pros and cons of Automatic and Semi-Automatic defibrillators.

Typical AED shoppers ask bright questions, they are detail oriented, they are thoughtful and they realize that lives are at stake an AED program.  The debate over shock button or no shock button is an interesting one and ultimately it’s about find the right fit for the application.  Call 855-677-2337 or email to speak with a professional on this topic and to identify the right AED for your workplace, school or community.

AED Easy To Use

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillators though the name sounds complex, these life-saving devices are remarkably easy-to-use.  Since the inception of the small, portable medical devices their manufacturers like HeartSine, ZOLL, Philips and LIFEPAK have been striving to improve usability.  These strides in technology are being made not so much with professionals in mind like Firefighter/EMTs or nurses but instead lay rescuers and everyday people like you and I.

The manufacturers are targeting the public with their enhanced product features and general technology because AEDs are frequently being placed in locations such as these:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Restaurants and retailers
  • Sporting and convention venues
  • Malls and shopping
  • Airports and airplanes
  • Gyms and health clubs
  • Swimming pools and aquatic centers
  • Office workplaces
  • Industrial workplaces
  • Churches and places of worship
  • Government buildings

So what contributes to whether an AED or public defibrillator is easy-to-use or not?

It begins with the voice prompts and how clear are they, how intuitive are they, how descriptive are they, do they prompt for calling 9-1-1, do they prompt through CPR, do they adapt if necessary.

Next are the visual prompts which help complement the voice prompts.  Are there diagrams or images, are there illuminating lights, is there a text screen, is there a video screen, do the visual prompts help the correct placement of pads, do the prompts help with the delivery of CPR.

There are two ways to accurately assess which ease-of-use features and benefits best fit your organization’s specific need and application:  extensive research or professional consultation.  Some organizations assemble task forces to weigh the product and vendor choices, although this is costly and time-extensive.  For professional consultation some organizations ask their local fire department and although that’s a good start, FDs often simply recommend the particular brand of defibrillator that they’re most comfortable with rather than the device type that best fits need.

AED One-Stop Shop offers answers.  We are a Nationally-recognized leader in Public Access Defibrillation programs.  We offer 5 leading brands of AED devices along with CPR/AED training and AED Program Management.  In other words, we offer a complete solution featuring the right AED type, right training, and right management of the program beyond the initial purchase.  This way an entity is most prepared when the worst thing happens.  Visit or call 855-677-2337 to learn more about how we can help your organization get prepared.

AEDs for Swimming Pool Safety

Look around any public place and it’s our sincere hope you notice and find AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators.)  These public-type defibrillators are used for both CPR-trained responders and even lay-rescuers without training.

As the weather heats up this summer the public pools, private pools, country clubs and waterparks certainly fill up.  Such locations are very typical locations for tragic sudden cardiac arrest deaths to occur.  AEDs should be available to life-guard teams and to the general public in aquatic centers and alike.  You might have heard the alarming stats that about a thousand people die each day to cardiac arrest death and recreational facilities who overlook the investment in safety and buying AEDs are putting themselves and their visitors at risk.

A few important facts about public defibrillators are as follow:

  • AEDs are more affordable than you might think with an average selling price of less than $1500 each
  • AEDs require little maintenance since they perform self-diagnostic tests
  • Beyond the initial invest they cost very little, just the cost to replace batteries and electrode pads
  • AEDs are safe in that they utilize complex algorithms which study the heart’s ECG and only deliver a shock in needed
  • Public defibrillators are very easy-to-use in they have voice and visual prompts to guide the rescuer through the steps of saving a life

AED One-Stop Shop is a consultative-oriented National AED Retailer.  For swimming pool type setting, it is our professional recommendation that the AED device be one that has above average visual prompts.  By this we mean, diagrams, lights, text screens or video screens to complement the voice prompts as pools are often very noisy environments.  If one can’t hear they prompts they can still follow visual guidance.  Furthermore consider a device that is particularly rugged that is drop and vibration tested as well as resilient to water and dust.

When AEDs are purchased they are done so with protecting lives in mind.  Call us at 855-677-AEDS or email us at for more on this topic.  Also know the consultation is free and our pricing is very competitive and reasonable, learn more at

AED Reviews – What’s the Best AED / Public Defibrillator?

When one makes the wise and savvy decision to invest in life-saving AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators, they must decide upon which AED type to buy.  So what is the best public defibrillator or AED?  The answer cannot be found on a chart which compares product features.  Nor can it be found by assessing customer or third party product reviews.  The reason is that an AED is a life-saving device and a customer should aim to match the right AED device to their specific need or application.  Here are a few general tips:

Look beyond price alone.  Most of us manage to a budget and indeed saving money is important.  Customers are wise to factor in the AED initial price and the cost of ownership of items like batteries, pads, training and program management.  But, because an AED is intended to protect human life the features of a public defibrillator can make the difference between life and death of a loved one or colleague.  Generally, technology should trump price and remember this is not a commodity buy.

Be conscious of the environment.  Will the AED be kept indoors or outdoors?  Will the device be stored in a cabinet and seldom moved or will it be in an application which requires some ruggedness or durability?  Is there risk of other tough conditions like heat, cold, moisture or dust?  If so, consider a device with a high IP rating or other attributes geared around reliability.

Think about a likely rescue scenario.  Is it likely to be a loud, chaotic situation?  Could a sudden cardiac arrest occur in a crowded, noisy environment?  Are there likely to be loud vehicles or machinery close by?  If so, an AED with above average visual prompts would be helpful to complement the voice prompts.

What is the skill level of the likely rescuers?  Will this purchase be to equip skilled professional rescuers, first responder, a CPR trained response team or lay-rescuers or general public.  Consider the population who are likely to grab and utilize the life-saving devices.  Some AEDs have better ease-of-use features which might include:  visual prompts, CPR prompts, real-time CPR coaching, fully-automatic shock delivery, intuitive prompts, video screens, texts screens, pediatric pads, infant keys and more.  Some devices are better suited to the public while others are better suited to professionals.

AED One-Stop Shop is a consultative-oriented AED supplier.  We specialize in helping customers decide upon AED brand, AED model, and best configuration of accessories.  We are the “One-Stop Shop” because we choose from over 20 AED models and pair devices with CPR/AED training and Program Management for full compliance with the laws.  Contact us via email to: at or call us toll free at 855-677-2337.  Here’s our full site: By the way our expert-level consultation is free, offered as a value-add to you.

AED Defibrillators for Police and Sheriffs

Law Enforcement Agencies have difficult times when it comes to the budget process because they have so many product categories to consider.  They often weigh such product groups as:  Communications, Apparel, Tactical Products, Vehicle Equipment, Software and Fire Arms.  One category not to be neglected is that of Safety and Medical as products in this group might save an Officer or Deputy’s life or a member of the community.

A growing trend in Law Enforcement is to place easy-to-use and affordable life-saving devices called AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators in patrol vehicles.  The logic behind this growing trend is that City Police or County Sheriffs often arrive on the scene of a medical call such as a sudden cardiac arrest seconds or minutes before fire or EMS.  If an Officer or Deputy can quickly deploy the AED to the patient promptly the victim has a remarkably improved chance of survival.  As an example if an officer can pull the AED from the trunk, turn on the device, bare the patient’s chest, place the electrode pads on the chest and deliver a shock in 2.5 minutes from the victim’s event they have approximately a 75% chance of resuscitation.

Sheriffs and Police Chiefs also realize that their own are at risk to sudden cardiac arrest.  By investing in this life-protecting public defibrillators they are protecting their own.  An intelligent approach to the deployment of AEDs features devices in facilities like stations, academies, courthouses, jails so that these locations are made “heart safe.”  Furthermore, the devices are strategically placed in vehicles, sometimes 100% of vehicles, other times in Supervisor vehicles only, or some Departments have employed a check in / check out process for the AEDs so they are able to provide sufficient coverage with 50% deployment.  Departments should certainly budget for AEDs each year and can supplement their purchases by pursuing Grants or utilizing forfeiture or seizure funds to bolster their safety plans.

AED One-Stop Shop is the ideal supplier for Law Enforcement Agencies since we help them decide upon which AED device fits their needs, how many devices to invest and employ “best practices” from our years of experience helping communities.  Email or call 855-677-2337 to speak with a specialist and get a budget-friendly quote. Visit our site and see why our consultative style is making us among the fastest growing AED retailers in America.