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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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What Are AEDs?

What is an AED and How Does it Work?

You’d be surprised how often we hear “What’s an AED? I know that I know, I just can’t quite come up with it.” Well, we won’t keep you in suspense any longer: an automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable and user-friendly electronic device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. 

AEDs automatically diagnose and respond to life-threatening heart rhythms. The shock delivered by an AED can stop irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and allow normal heart rhythms to resume after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If not treated immediately, SCA can quickly lead to death.

Most AEDs provide easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions so that untrained bystanders can quickly offer assistance to an individual suffering from cardiac arrest. Some AEDs advise the user when to administer the shock, while other AEDs may automatically apply a shock if the heart is arrhythmic. Many AEDs also offer step-by-step cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction and real-time CPR feedback.

Why Are AEDs Important?

More than 350,000 Americans suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year. Taken a step further, about 90% of the people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital will die (The American Heart Association).

Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive results in only a 5-7% survival rate, while studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to a 60% survival rate one year after a sudden cardiac arrest. 

Simply put: AEDs save lives.

On-site AEDs and publicly accessible AEDs save valuable treatment time and can dramatically improve survival odds because they can be used well before emergency medical personnel arrive. 

Are AEDs Safe to Use?

AEDs are safe and can be used by anyone. Modern AEDs are battery-operated, compact, light, and portable. Because safeguards are programmed into each unit, you do not have to worry about shocking a victim who has a normal heartbeat.

Who Can Use an AED?

Anyone can use an AED. AEDs have a proven record of helping save lives at home, in the workplace, and in public areas such as airports, community centers, schools, senior centers, cultural institutions, and churches.  

Most AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel. Although training isn’t necessary to operate an AED, having more people in your community who are trained to respond to a medical emergency by providing CPR and defibrillation will increase confidence, promote SCA awareness, and bolster cardiac arrest survival rates.

Where should AEDs be Placed?

AEDs should be easy to access and placed in a visible location. Check out our post, Finding the Best Location for Your AED.

What can you do to improve SCA survival rates? Invest in an AED for your home or office, make sure your schools and sporting venues are equipped with AEDs, and make sure that AEDs are available and are easily accessible throughout your community. Ready to take the plunge? Contact Cardio Partners, we’ll help you figure out which AED is right for you

For more information about purchasing a new or recertified AED or to schedule an AED training or AED maintenance, 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 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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The Importance of CPR and AEDs: An SCA Survivor’s Story

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Rob Seymour Advocates for CPR Training and Public Access to AEDs

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Philadelphians were enjoying one of those postcard-worthy spring days that city-dwellers cherish. The skies were blue, the sun was shining, the air was clear, and the temperature was just right. Runners from all over the country who had gathered in the City of Brotherly Love couldn’t have asked for a better day for the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Atlanta native Rob Seymour, then 26, and his wife Michelle were among the nearly 40,000 athletes jogging their way to the finish line at Philly’s famed Naval Yard. The popular run down the city’s main north-south thoroughfare is the largest 10-mile race in the nation and a favorite among runners.

A lifelong athlete with a passion for baseball, basketball, and running, Rob had achieved a personal record time during the 2014 race and was focusing on enjoying his fifth Broad Street Run with his wife. They were both looking forward to the celebratory tailgate with friends and family at the end of the course.

“It was a leisurely run. That year the goal was to have Michelle finish the race, so it was a different experience. It was a lot of fun. We were enjoying ourselves through the whole race,” said Rob in a recent interview.

Rob and Michelle never made it to that tailgate, however.

Just moments after Rob and his wife triumphantly crossed the finish line, he began to feel dizzy. At first, he thought it was a low blood pressure issue but soon realized that it was something far more serious.

“My vision just kept closing and things got blurrier and blurrier. I realized that it wasn’t going to stop. I called out to my wife hoping to catch myself on her. She turned around just in time to watch me drop to my knees and fall face first onto the ground,” remembers Rob.

Soon after he hit the pavement, he began seizing. Fortunately, a nearby team of paramedics saved his life. One began performing CPR while the other grabbed a portable automatic external defibrillator (AED). The device quickly recognized that his heart had gone into ventricular fibrillation (V-fib) and applied one shock. After the life-saving shock, Rob’s heart resumed its normal rhythm.

The next thing he remembers he was lying on his back, admiring the clear blue sky as the gurney he was on bumped along to the ambulance. Rob, who worked in the health insurance industry at the time, knew full well the costs associated with the ambulance ride and the treatment they were discussing. Assuming he was merely dehydrated, he found himself requesting a Gatorade and questioning the need for an IV and challenging the EMTs on whether or not he really needed to go to the hospital.

Then the paramedic told him that his heart had stopped and that he’d gone into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“My wife, who was in the front of the ambulance turned around and told me to just let them do their job,” recalls Rob.

During the five days that Rob spent at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, physicians ran a full battery of cardiac tests in an attempt to determine what had happened.

“They looked at everything they could look at structurally and electrophysiologically, but ultimately they couldn’t tell me what caused the situation,” remembers Rob.

He opted to have a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) implanted to constantly monitor his heart rate. Fortunately, he hasn’t had any episodes since that day in May and he has the peace of mind of knowing that the S-ICD will shock his heart back into a normal rhythm if necessary.

“If such a thing had to happen, I was certainly in the right place at the right time. I could have been out on my own on a weekend run like I had been hundreds of times. I was so fortunate that the medics and the AED were there,” says Rob.

Since Rob’s SCA, not only does he notice the location of AEDs in airports and in public buildings, but both he and his wife enrolled in a CPR class. Today, he’s an advocate for learning  CPR.

“We felt we needed to be prepared to do that [perform CPR] for someone else,” notes Rob. “We needed to know that we could keep someone alive until help arrives. It wasn’t all that difficult, but it gave us the confidence to know that we could help someone.”

Cardio Partners Account Specialist Sean Stargel, who attended elementary and high school with Rob, remembers him as an outgoing and active athlete who excelled at basketball and baseball.

“Honestly, it’s scary to hear about an AED being used on someone I’ve known as long as I’ve known Rob. I’m very grateful that there was AED present to provide the life-saving therapy that he needed,” says Sean. “We’re in this for a reason and that reason is to make sure that people are informed about the risks of SCA. We provide these devices so that people have a solution within reach.”

Cardio Partners is a trusted nationwide CPR training center. To learn more about our courses or to schedule a training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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