Category Archives: AEDs

Who Can Use an AED?

Who can use an automated external defibrillator (AED)? You can. Who should use an AED? You should.

AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel, such as firefighters, police officers, lifeguards, flight attendants, security guards, teachers, family members of high-risk persons, and bystanders. That includes you!

Anyone can use (and should use) an AED in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The goal of AEDs and public access defibrillation programs ensure access to defibrillation when needed as quickly as possible. CPR along with AEDs can dramatically increase survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest. 

Although formal training in the use of an AED is not required, AED and CPR certifications are recommended to help you increase your comfort and level of confidence. However, AEDs are intended for use by the general public — with or without specialized training.

What is an AED and How Does It Work?

What is an AED and how does it work? An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal heart rhythm to resume following cardiac arrest. 

SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death.

AEDs can be used by non-medical personnel — which includes lay rescuers and bystanders just like you! Once the AED electrodes are attached to the victim’s chest, the device automatically checks and analyzes a victim’s heart rhythm. The device calculates whether defibrillation is needed. If it is, a recorded voice prompts the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED or, depending on the model, automatically delivers the shock. 

The shock effectively stuns the heart and stops all activity, giving the heart a chance to resume a normal heart rhythm. Audio and text prompts — depending on the model — guide the user through the process of administering shock or performing CPR. AEDs advise a shock only when absolutely necessary. 

Where Can I Find an AED?

Potential rescuers should look for AEDs in public areas such as sports venues, community centers, shopping malls, casinos, amusement parks, airports, airplanes, businesses, convention centers, hotels, schools, and doctors’ offices. 

Finding the best location for an AED takes some thought and consideration. Often, however, they can be found in highly trafficked areas in well-marked and accessible wall cabinets. Popular locations include hallways, main corridors, near elevators, cafeterias, or main reception areas.

Why is CPR so Important if I have an AED?

AEDs are designed to shock a heart back into a normal rhythm. They aren’t designed to keep blood flowing to critical organs. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an easy-to-learn first aid technique that can keep the victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or other medical emergencies alive until medical professionals can take over.

CPR keeps blood pumping through the body, which helps maintain vital organ function. CPR has two primary goals: to keep oxygen flowing in and out of the lungs and to keep oxygenated blood flowing throughout the entire body.

For more information, check out (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About CPR and AEDs.

All of us here at Cardio Partners and AED.com are ready to help you find the AED that’s best for your business, home, or organization! And if you’re looking for CPR, first aid, and AED certifications, we have you covered on that front as well. Visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

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What AED Is Right For Your Business?

Finding the Right Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for Your Business

Things to Consider Before Purchasing an AED 

It can be tough finding the perfect AED for your workplace. But we’re so glad you’re thinking about purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED) or upgrading your current selection of AEDs! 

In this post, we’ll explore a few things you’ll want to consider before purchasing an AED for your business. We also highly recommend checking out the American Heart Association’s AED Implementation Guide.

What’s an AED? An AED is a small, portable and user-friendly electronic device that can automatically diagnose and respond to life-threatening heart rhythms. Most AEDs provide simple, easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions that bystanders can quickly comprehend and apply. Some AEDs advise the user when to administer the shock, while other AEDs may automatically apply a shock if the heart is arrhythmic.

For specific AED recommendations based on pricing, equipment, IP Ratings and more, check out our post, Which AED is Right for You? (Please note: pricing may have changed since the post was first published.)

For recommendations based on manufacturers, check out A Complete Guide to AED Manufacturers.

Where Are You Using Your AED?

If you need a public access defibrillator (such as those you see at airports and gyms), you’ll want to find a durable AED that’s super easy to use. 

You may want to consider the Powerheart G5 or the Powerheart G3 by Cardiac Science. 

The Powerheart G3 comes with an impressive seven-year warranty. The Powerheart G5 comes with an eight-year warranty and is the first FDA-approved AED to include fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language (English/Spanish) functionality, and variable escalating energy options. Both the G3 and the G5 feature easy, intuitive operation and are perfect for first-time responders as well as seasoned professionals.

To use, simply open the AED lid to activate the device. The Cardiac Science RescueCoach guides rescuers through each step of the rescue process. Easy-to-follow text prompts make the Powerheart a great choice for noisy environments (think factory floors, concert venues, and auditoriums) and the device also meets rigorous military standards for shock and vibration testing. The Rescue Ready® technology self-checks the primary components daily, ensuring that your device is fully operational and rescue-ready.

Who Is Most Likely to Need an AED in Your Office?

If you’re running a preschool or elementary school, you’ll want an AED with pediatric pads! When it comes to AED pads, one-size-fits-all isn’t ideal. (For more information, read AED Use on Infants and Children.) 

There are two types of AED pads: Adult and pediatric. Consider the population you’re most likely to use your AED on and purchase your equipment accordingly. If, for example, your AED is placed on a shop floor or in a retirement community, it’s unlikely you’ll need pediatric pads! If your AED is going to be placed in a school setting, however, you may want to consider a school AED package that includes both adult and pediatric pads. 

What Kind of AED is Best?

That’s a tough one to answer because any AED is better than no AED at all! 

If cost is a significant consideration, you may want to consider purchasing a recertified AED. All of the AEDs sold by Cardio Partners and AED.com have been run through a rigorous 10-point series of checks and are refurbished to exacting standards.

If you’re worried about the costs associated with battery maintenance, consider the Zoll AED Plus, which uses standard consumer 123 lithium batteries!  

If your AED is going to see some rough and tumble use (like those stored in company vehicles), you’ll want to pay attention to IP codes. The “International Protection Rating” or “Ingress Protection Rating” is a code which classifies the level of protection an electrical device provides against liquid and dust. If you’re shopping for a poolside AED, look for a high IP rating and consider a waterproof Pelican Case.

Here at Cardio Partners and AED.com, we’re ready to help you find the AED that’s best for your business, home, or organization! For more information about purchasing a new or recertified AED or to schedule a free consultation, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

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What’s Included With a New AED?

Unboxing Your New AED

If you’re considering purchasing a new automated external defibrillator (AED), you’ll want to make sure you invest in an AED that’s right for your home, office, or organization. In this post, we’ll take a look at what comes with popular AEDs from Cardiac Science, Defibtech, HeartSine Philips, Physio-Control, and Zoll

Buying an AED is a big decision and a very wise investment; however, with so many different options on the market, it can be tough to figure out which defibrillator is best for you. Our AED Starter’s Guide will help you figure out which AED is right for you and our Complete Guide to AED Manufacturers will give you a sense of the major AED manufacturers and how they differ from one another. 

At no additional charge, all new AEDs purchased from Cardio Partners or AED.com come with:

  • Physician’s Prescription
  • AED.com Rescue Ready Kit (Scissors, Razor, Gauze, Alcohol Wipe, CPR Mask, Bandages)
  • AED Check Tags
  • AED Window Decal
  • Ground Shipping via FedEx

Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED

The Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED can be configured as a semi-automatic device (rescuers will have to push the shock button if defibrillation is necessary) or fully automatic (the device will deliver a shock as necessary). The Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED comes with:

  • Adult Defibrillation Pads (2 Sets)
  • IntelliSense Lithium Battery (4-Year Warranty)
  • Semi-Rigid Carrying Case
  • Quick Start Tool Kit (Includes: Quick Start Guide, CD-ROM with AED Manual, Training Video, RescueLink & MDLink)
  • Serial Communications Cable
  • 7 Year Warranty from Cardiac Science

Defibtech Lifeline AED

The Defibtech Lifeline AED features an award-winning product design and the following accessories:

  • Defibtech Lifeline Adult Pads
  • 5 Year Battery Pack
  • 9 Volt Lithium Battery for Lifeline AED Checks
  • Defibtech Orientation DVD
  • User Manual
  • Defibtech Lifeline Quick Use Card
  • 5 Year Warranty from Defibtech

Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350 AED

The Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350 AED is an entry-level model is lightweight, compact, and designed with public use in mind. It comes with:

  • Durable Carrying Case
  • HeartSine Adult PAD-PAK (Battery/Pad Combination w/ 4-year expiration date)
  • Quick Instruction Card
  • User Manual on DVD
  • HeartSine CPR Poster
  • HeartSine Saver EVO Software
  • 8 Year Warranty from HeartSine

Philips HeartStart Onsite AED

The Philips HeartStart Onsite AED is the only AED on the market that’s available for personal use without a physician’s prescription. 

  • Standard Carrying Case
  • Philips OnSite Adult SMART Pads Cartridge
  • Philips OnSite Lithium Battery (4 Year Warranty)
  • Philips HeartStart Review Express Software
  • 8 Year Warranty from Philips Healthcare

Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2

Like the Cardiac Science Powerheart, the LIFEPAK CR2 can be configured as a semi-automatic or fully automatic AED. It comes with:

  • Handle and Case option
  • QUICK-STEP adult/child pacing/ECG/defibrillation electrodes -4year
  • LIFEPAK CR2 AED Lithium Battery
  • Owners Manual
  • USB Cable
  • 8 Year Warranty from Physio-Control

Zoll AED Plus

The iconic neon green Zoll is as easy to find as it is to use. The Zoll AED Plus comes standard with: 

  • Soft Carrying Case
  • CPR-D Padz (One-piece pad with CPR Feedback)
  • Duracell Type 123 Lithium Batteries (set of 10)
  • ZOLL Demo/Training CD
  • 5 Year Factory Warranty (7 Year with Product Registration)

For a free AED consultation, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails, you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.

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