What to Consider When Planning to Buy an AED

March 26, 2014Comments Off on What to Consider When Planning to Buy an AED

Are you sick and tired of buying a new AED again and again? Then this time, you better be cautious enough when choosing the AED model to purchase. Remember that there are several parameters to be considered, and that you should not be blinded by the product’s fancy features or cheap price. If you really want to make the most of your money for your new AED, it’s best to take note first of your considerations and make a plan about it. This calls for a thorough research – thanks to the power of the Internet.

Take time to check out different online stores that feature an array of automated external defibrillators manufacturers and models. Here are some simple things you need to look for in an ideal AED:

  • Accuracy – it’s very important that the AED is able to come up with fast results at utmost precision and accuracy. Most of the high-end models today are generally more accurate than the simpler and cheaper ones. Still, there are other planning steps to take before basing your decision to this parameter.
  • Versatility – it is also ideal to buy an AED that has multiple functions, but relevant for the specific heart disease of the person this device is intended for. Many modern AEDs have included ECGs that are able to check the vital signs of the heart and detect any irregularities with it.
  • Portability – ideally, AEDs must come in a compact, lightweight packaging so that users could easily grab it whenever the emergency situation calls. Most portable AED models are also easy to mount in a protective casing and they don’t consume too much space.
  • Operability – users without enough knowledge on the technicalities involved in the operation of an AED are advised to choose one that is easy and safe to operate for first-timers. Most of these are labeled and promoted as user-friendly.
  • Safety – this is another important factor that you should never disregard. Make sure that the AED model you consider provides enough protection against electrical hazards. It’s also a good idea to choose an AED brand that has high IP rating and quality user prompts.
  • Automation – this is an optional factor. You may prefer an AED model with several automatic functions if you don’t want to be bothered by your lack of knowledge on using this medical device. However, AEDs like these are mostly way more expensive than the simpler ones.

For a quick reference, the following are the pricing of some of the top AED brands in one of today’s online stores:

  • Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000 AED ($2945)
  • Zoll AED Pro ($2595)
  • Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Pro AED ($2295)
  • Physio Control LIFEPAK CR Plus AED ($1795)
  • ZOLL AED Plus ($1649)
  • Phillips Heartstart FRx AED ($1700)
  • Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus AED ($1595)
  • Philips Heartstart Onsite AED ($1313)
  • Heartsine Samaritan PAD AED ($1295)
  • Defibtech Lifeline AED ($1245)

See more valuable information as well as about AED Program Management and AED Medical Oversight at citywidecpr.com. You can also go for Citywide’s AED Program Management and AED Medical Oversight training courses if you want to learn more about AEDs.