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The 2018 Cardio Partners Gift Guide & Holiday Sale

Looking for the perfect gift for the life-saver in your family? You’ve come to the right place.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Cardio Partners and AED.com! To celebrate, we’ve come up with a few unique gift ideas for the heart- and safety-conscious souls in your family.

Use the discount code HOLIDAY2018 at checkout to get 10% off your entire AED.com or Cardio Partners purchase.

For the On-the-Go Professional: Curaplex Pocket Mask with O2 Inlet

The Curaplex Pocket Mask with O2 Inlet is the perfect stocking stuffer for teachers, office managers, consultants, fitness instructors, and facilities managers, or just about anyone who is CPR-certified! This affordable, compact mask is suitable for use on adults, children, and infants and features a disposable one-way valve with a 3M Filtrete hydrophobic filter to help prevent the transmission of liquids and other secretions. The oxygen inlet facilitates the delivery of oxygen to breathing and non-breathing individuals. The pre-inflated cuff makes for quick and easy application and the compact carrying case keeps your mask in perfect working condition.

For the Always Prepared: Curaplex Stop the Bleed Kits

Earlier this year, our good friends at the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department led a hands-on Stop the Bleed training at our offices just outside of Nashville. Since then, we’ve been huge proponents of these supplemental training programs, and we are pleased to offer Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits start at just $59.99. These compact kits are designed to provide a rescuer (whether a  civilian bystander or a first responder) with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging.


These vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kits include:

  • 2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 emergency bandage
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
  • Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
  • Detailed and easy-to-follow directions

Advanced kits also include 1 Pack of HALO seals and QuikClot combat gauze.

For the Life-Long Learner: CPR and First Aid Training

If you’ve always wondered what you’d learn in a CPR class, CPR and First Aid training may be the perfect gift to give to yourself! It’s also the ideal gift for all the babysitters, new parents, high school students, and teachers on your list. Need some more convincing? Read our post, 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn CPR — and then sign up for a class near you!

For the Newly First Aid Certified: A Brand-New First Aid Kit

We carry a wide range of first aid kits. Our entry-level Curaplex First Aid Kit comes in a compact metal case. The case is portable or can be mounted for easy access. The kit includes one of each of the following:

  • Bandage, latex-free, 2”
  • Triangular bandage, with two pins, 36” x 51”
  • Box of adhesive bandages
  • Box of knuckle bandages
  • Gauze bandage, large, 24” x 72”
  • Roll of tape, waterproof, ½”
  • Roll of stretch gauze, 2” x 4 yd
  • Bottle of burn spray, 3 oz
  • Pair of scissors, 4-1/2”
  • Bottle of eye wash, 4 oz
  • Box of antiseptic wipes
  • Box of ammonia inhalants
  • Cold pack
  • Metal case

For the New Recruit: The Curaplex Officer Down Kit

The Curaplex Officer Down Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) are designed for law enforcement officers, first responders, or members of the military. These highly portable individual trauma kits contain the essential supplies needed to treat life-threatening traumatic injuries — such as gunshot wounds or stab wounds — that occur in the field or in a combat environment.

For the Cardiac Arrest Survivor: An AED for the Home

If you’re looking a unique gift for your loved one, an automated external defibrillator is just the ticket. There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing an AED, so we recommend reading our post, Which AED is Right for You, or downloading our AED Starter’s Guide before making a decision. As of publication, our recertified Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus was listed at $599, and we invite you to call us for pricing on our recertified HeartSine Samaritan PAD 300P (supplies are limited).

For our full line up of AEDs, CPR and AED Training, AED Accessories & Storage, and AED Services, call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

Don’t forget to enter the discount code HOLIDAY2018 and save 10% off your entire order! Offer expires on December 31, 2018.

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What an IP Code Tells You About An AED

How Tough is Your AED? IP Ratings Explained.

First, let’s start off with the basics. IP Ratings (or International Protection Rating) consist of a simple, two digit code that classifies the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects and liquids. You may also see this referred to as the Ingress Protection Rating or IP Code.

It can be tough to figure out which AED is right for you but understanding a device’s IP Rating may make finding the perfect automatic external defibrillator a little bit easier.

Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings and What They Mean

The IP ratings test is a worldwide standard established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The test and the resulting ratings compare the ability of an electronic device to withstand exposure to dust particles and water. In a nutshell: a higher score means stronger protection against foreign objects and moisture.

The first number tells you how resistant your AED is against the ingress or penetration of solid objects. For the purposes of IP ratings, “solid objects” can include body parts, tools, and even particulates such as dust or soot.

The second digit in an IP rating indicates the level of water protection.

First IP Digit: Ingress of Solid Objects

0: Not protected

1: Protected against solid objects over 50 mm (such as hands, feet, and large tools)

2: Protected against solid objects over 12.5 mm

3: Protected against solid objects over 2.5 mm (wires, smaller tools)

4: Protected against solid objects over 1.0 mm

5: Limited protection against dust ingress

6: Totally protected against dust ingress

X: Not rated

Second IP Digit: Ingress of Liquids

0: Not protected

1: Dripping water (rain or vertically falling drops of water or condensation)

2: Dripping water when tilted up to 15°

3: Spraying water

4: Splashing water

5: Water jets

6: Powerful water jets

7: Immersion up to 1m

8: Immersion beyond 1m

9k: Powerful high-temperature water jets

X: Not rated

AED IP Ratings By Manufacturer

ZOLL AED Plus: IP55

ZOLL AED Pro: IP55

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro: IP24

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3: IP24

Cardiac Science Powerheart G5: IP55

Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000: IP55

Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus: IPX4

Physio-Control LIFEPAK Express: IPX4

Philips HeartStart OnSite: IP21

Philips HeartStart FR3: IP55

Philips HeartStart FRx: IP55

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350: IP56

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 450: IP56

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 360

Defibtech Lifeline: IP54

Defibtech Lifeline View: IP55

 

AEDs with higher IP ratings are recommended for professional rescuers, outdoor locations, harsh factory environments, near marine environments, and poolside. Those with lower IP ratings should be used in controlled environments such as schools, homes, or offices.  

Keep Your AED Protected with IP Rated Accessories

Many manufacturers offer durable, water-resistant carrying cases that offer additional protection. For example, Zoll’s rugged Pelican Case has a rating of IP67 and Cardiac Science’s hard-sided case has a rating of IP57.

If you’re thinking about investing in an AED or are considering upgrading or expanding your existing program, give us a call or contact us online. We’ll happily help you find the right device for your organization. From IP ratings to batteries, we know there’s a lot to consider when purchasing an AED. At Cardio Partners, we’re happy to help you select the manufacturer and model of AED that’s best for you. For more information about purchasing a new or recertified AED or to schedule AED training or maintenance, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.  

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AED Batteries: Rechargeable vs. Non-rechargeable

Which AED Battery is Right For You?

AED Batteries

When deciding which AED is right for you, there are plenty of important considerations ranging from weight to overall cost to ease of maintenance. Because the type of battery your AED requires has a direct impact on weight, cost, and maintenance, this week we’re devoting an entire post to the topic.

Not only will we cover the pros and cons of non-rechargeable AED batteries versus rechargeable batteries, but we’ll provide you with a complete product list detailing the type of battery that powers each device.

Pros and Cons of Non-Rechargeable AED Batteries

Pro: Extended Battery Life

Most non-rechargeable lithium AED batteries have a useful lifespan of four to five years, assuming the device remains in “standby” mode. When your device remains in “standby,” battery use is minimal. In fact, it’s only in use only when your AED performs automatic, routine self-tests.

Pro: Low Maintenance

Non-rechargeable batteries are extremely easy-to-use and require very little or no maintenance. Simply insert the battery or batteries into your AED and you’re good to go! Non-rechargeable AED batteries are good options for non-professional, low-use settings such as an office or residential environment.

Con: Cost

If your AED sees repeated use, and therefore experiences frequent battery drain, you may find that replacing non-rechargeable AED batteries can be costly. AEDs with non-rechargeable batteries are best-suited for rare to occasional use.

Con: Environmental Impact

Lithium batteries should be properly recycled to minimize environmental harm. First, refer to your AED user guide to determine what kind of AED battery your device uses. We encourage you to contact the manufacturer of your device to determine whether or not they have a recycling program. If you’re unable to recycle your AED battery through the manufacturer, contact your local recycling center for recommendations.

Rechargeable AED Batteries

Pro: Best Battery for Professional Rescuers

Although the initial cost of a rechargeable battery is comparable to non-rechargeable batteries, rechargeable AED batteries are most commonly used by professional rescuers. When an AED is in a high-use environment, battery drain can be significant. In this scenario, recharging is more practical, efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective than replacing a non-rechargeable battery on a monthly basis!  

Con: Limited Battery Lifespan

It’s not at all uncommon for rechargeable batteries to be replaced after two years. Your device will alert you when it’s time to replace the battery.

Con: Charging Time and AED Downtime

Charging time varies by manufacturer and may range from two to 10 hours. If your AED sees frequent use, we strongly urge you to consider investing in a backup battery so your AED is always rescue-ready.

Con: Maintenance and Additional Costs

Unlike non-rechargeable batteries, rechargeable batteries need to be recharged frequently. In many instances, batteries need to be recharged monthly. You’ll also need a manufacturer-specific charging station.

AED Battery Type By Manufacturer

Non-Rechargeable

ZOLL AED Plus

ZOLL AED Pro

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3

Cardiac Science Powerheart G5

Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000

Philips HeartStart OnSite

Philips HeartStart FR3

Philips HeartStart FRx

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 450

HeartSine Samaritan PAD 360

Defibtech Lifeline

Defibtech Lifeline View

Rechargeable

ZOLL AED Pro

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro

Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus

Physio-Control LIFEPAK Express

Generally speaking, we recommend AEDs with rechargeable batteries for professional rescuers or when a device is likely to see frequent use, either in a rescue or monitoring situation. For non-medical or infrequent use, long-lasting non-rechargeable batteries are advised.

 

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