The Science of Automatic External Defibrillator

April 25, 2016Comments Off on The Science of Automatic External Defibrillator

Automatic External Defibrillators, shortened to AED, are some of the most useful devices for heart disease sufferers in the modern age. It is the advancement of the defibrillator mechanism, made more portable and easy to use. There are different types of AEDs based on their specifications. For business owners, it is important to find out which type of AED you should get for your establishment. The same can be said for private individuals who acknowledges the need for an AED within their house. There are certain specifications to check as well as usability to consider before purchasing an automatic external defibrillator.

Technical Specs of AEDs

Some factors to check before getting an AED include the following: energy management, design, and usability.

Energy Management

Energy management means everything that involves what powers the device. You should be aware of the charging time, the output, and the duration of a single charge for an automated external defibrillator. This is important to note, as there is a need to find out the cost of keeping a defibrillator active. For establishments, there is a necessity to have an AED available on stand-by for a long time, as compared to a house, where charging can be done easily. Additionally, for AEDs that are purchased to be used during travels, a very long stand-by time is highly recommended, unless a power source is available.

As a consumer, you should also find out the capability of output of an AED as well as the time it needs to load up the charge for output. Getting an AED with a weak output may be necessary for establishments catering to children and infants, but a stronger output is necessary for different clientele. Also, there are AEDs which allow you to change voltage, to make it easier for use.

Design and Usability

Design plays a vital role in AED use. Design can mean the visibility of the device, the convenience of use, and the portability. Visibility of the device means that it is easily located in the time when it is needed. This can be done by being brightly colored and located in a well-lit place. The convenience of use, including the portability, should also be considered. The design should be made accessible for the users even without training. Additionally, it is important that the AED be portable. Most common AEDs are very portable nowadays, so it will be easy to choose based on portability.


Usability means how trained or untrained users can operate the device with the help of the device itself. There are devices that has a prompt, which makes it easier for the people to know what to do, even if it is their first time. If you are operating an establishment where the target audience is most likely to be untrained, then get the AED with the easiest use.

It is important to find the balance between design and usability as well as the energy of the device. This way you can find the most effective AED to service your establishment or your home, making it a safe space for those who are in danger of heart diseases.