AEDs – Before You Buy

Portable AED

Portable AED

In this day, there exist so many AED brands that it’s hard for a novice to know where to begin when considering purchasing one. A few examples of the big brands out there include CU Medical, Phillips, Physio-Control, Defibtech, Heartsine, and Zoll. With so many choices, it goes without saying that there are a couple of factors that you need to consider before buying a defibrillator.

Most of the information you need to buy an AED is available online. You can find info to match your specific resuscitation requirements and budget, but first, you need to know where to look. In this post, I shall attempt to break down the process and make things a little bit easier.

First and foremost, let us look at reviews. These can be an excellent source of information. However, you need to look at both the reviews written by manufacturers as well as those left by the users of the AEDs. An excellent source of good reviews is those left in the comment section of Amazon products. These reviews are left by customers and tend to be unbiased. They also cut to the chase and contain both pros and cons of a product.

Another important thing to consider before purchasing is the person who will be using the defibrillator as well as their level of first aid training. If the person is a beginner or has an unknown level of training such as bystander, then you need an AED that has straightforward and few guidelines. So, go for a device that comes with verbal of picture based instructions.

A fully automatic external defibrillator is worth considering. That is because a fully automated External defibrillator detects the heart rhythm of the ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) and delivers an electronic shock from its battery that is right for the individual with suspected sudden cardiac arrest or SCA.

A semi-automatic defibrillator (SAED) ideally delivers the same rhythms as the fully automated one, but most of these gadgets require the rescuers to push some button to deliver the electric shock. That means that a SAED will have more steps than the AED that the rescuer will have to take to operate the device.

The price of the AED ideally indicates the number of features that the device has to offer. Also, a well-known brand might cost significantly higher that the less known ones. It is ideally important to consider the ongoing costs wit consumables like the batteries and the chest pads. The cost and shelf life of these products can vary substantially.
As you can see, there is a lot to factor in when it comes to choosing the best AEDs. That being said, it is important to conduct research on the array of AEDs and what they really have to offer. I would advise you to review the following well-known defibrillators in the market today; Cu Medical, Zoll, Philips, Cardiac Science, HeartSine and Defibtech. You can’t really go wrong with any of them.