We have a lot of people who contact us looking for recommendation on purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED). AEDs are used when a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Early defibrillation is key – the longer your heart isn’t functioning, the worse your outcome is.
Often coupled with performing CPR, using an AED is becoming easier and more affordable. If you’re looking to purchase an AED for your home, business, or vehicle, here’s our recommendation.
When it comes to buying an AED, there a few metrics to look at: Ease of use, dependability, and affordability. You want your AED to be user friendly. Most models now have voice prompts that will tell you what to do, with clearly labeled functions and written instructions.
It has to be dependable. AEDs are used infrequently but at critical times – it has to work when you need it to. Batteries are often the failing point in an AED, so having an AED that protects and maintains its battery is important.
And finally, affordability. Buying an AED is an investment not just for you, but those around you. There may come a day when a customer or neighbor needs it. When that day comes, you need to make sure your AED is kept in prime condition. This includes regular maintenance such as replacing expired defibrillator pads or batteries. Ensuring these are affordable to you will keep your AED ready for years.
There are many different brands and models of AEDs on the market. We prefer the Physio-Control Lifepak Express.
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