When to Replace Philips HeartStart ForeRunner or FR2 AEDs

Replacing ForeRunner AEDs from HeartStream

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.