AED Defibrillator – Read The Reviews – Before You Buy An AED
Today there are just so many brands of AED’s available online that it is hard to know where to start when considering purchasing an Automatic External Defibrillator or AED. To give you some examples of some of the big brands available they include; Physio control, CU Medical, Welch Allyn, Phillips, Zoll, Cardiac Science, Defibtech and HeartSine. So presented with so many choices there are certain factors you need to consider before purchasing a defibrillator.
Much of the information you require to purchase an AED defibrillator is available on-line. You can find information to match your budget and specific resuscitation requirements, you just need to know where to look. I have written this article to try and break the process down for you.
Firstly let’s look at online reviews. These can be a great source of information but you need to look at reviews written not only by manufacturers and sellers of the defibrillators but also those written by end users of the AED’s. A good example of an end user review is the various comments entered by customers of the on-line giant Amazon. These are reviews volunteered by customers so they are impartial and tend not to be biased; they tend to cut straight to the chase about the good and the not so good aspects of the DEA desfibrilador they have already purchased.
Manufacturer reviews tend to naturally be biased as to only provide the positive aspects about their AED defibrillator in an attempt to convince the reader to purchase their defibrillator. A good reseller review will provide information in the format of a comparison of one or more AED defibrillators and put forward both positive and negative points.
You need to consider who will be using the defibrillator their level of first aid training. If they are a novice or have an unknown level of training (e.g. a bystander) as a rescuer then an AED that has fewer steps or guides the user through each step with verbal or picture based commands might be best.
A fully automatic AED defibrillator would be worth considering as the AED once turned on and applied to the chest of a person with suspected sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). An automatic defibrillator will defibrillate by delivering an electronic shock from its battery once it detects either a heart rhythm of ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT).
A semi automatic defibrillator or SAED will also detect the same cardiac rhythms as the fully automatic AED but may require the rescuer to push a button to deliver the shock. A SAED will generally have more steps then the AED that the rescuer will need to perform to operate the defibrillator.
The cost of an AED may indicate the number of features and a better known brand may cost a little more but in the long run may be a better investment. You should also factor in the ongoing costs with consumables such as defibrillator chest pads and batteries. The shelf life and cost for these items can vary considerably.
So as you can see there is a lot to consider when purchasing an AED defibrillator so it is very worthwhile conducting on-line research on the range of AED defibrillators available. I would recommend you review the following big brand AED defibrillators currently available; Physio control, CU Medical, Welch Allyn, Phillips, Zoll, Cardiac Science, Defibtech and HeartSine.