AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
AED History, etc. (then a few neat quotes) – Defibrillators in hospitals have been around since the late 1960’s, but they were large, AC current devices, not practical to carry in a fire truck or EMT vehicle. In 1993, 5 guys that worked for Physio-Control (a maker of hospital defibrillators), quit their jobs to try and develop (not greasy burgers & fries, but) a portable battery-operated defibrillator. As a result, they created the HeartStream AED (the first portable Automated External Defibrillator). The HeartStream ForeRunner or FR1 later became the Philips HeartStart. We still sell two models of those today.
Now, the USA Today quote. “Today, partly because of their invention, hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives are saved annually by ordinary people aboard airplanes, in homes and at other places outside hospitals. These automated external defibrillators, which guide even a first-time user through the procedure step by step, are helping close a critical gap in speedy delivery of emergency medical services”.
“The founders of HeartStream had to change the medical culture, from a paradigm that only doctors and nurses inside of hospitals were capable of analyzing a patient’s heart, and delivering an electrical shock if needed. Now, untrained, and even children, are capable of correctly using an AED to save a loved one”.
“Putting more AEDs into the hands of more people – not just firefighters and ambulance crews who answer 911 calls – helps reduce the number of cardiac arrest deaths”. New research shows the lives of cardiac arrest victims are saved or lost within six minutes after collapse. Even in urban areas, EMS response is generally 8 to 9 ½ minutes away.
Here’s another quote, from American Red Cross: “Each minute that defibrillation is delayed reduces the chance of surviving cardiac arrest by 10 percent”. (For you non-math types, that means the EMS-administered defibrillator shock results in 5% to 20% survival rate).
OK, in my mind, that’s enough justification for your business to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator. At least, ask your boss to put one in the budget for next year. (No, they aren’t $4,000 – more like $1,190). The things are good for 15 years or so – is it worth $90 per year to possibly save a customer’s life or an employee’s life?
Using an AED
You use an Automated External Defibrillators to treat a victim of cardiac arrest with an electrical shock (called defibrillation). We use one to attempt to restore the heart’s normal electrical rhythm. A cardiac arrest victim that solely receives CPR, has about 2% to 20% chance of survival. When a defibrillator is used, the survival rate increases to at least 50%.
AEDs are medical devices, but they are designed to be used by non-medical, or average people. With 3-4 minutes of familiarization training, even 6 year olds are capable of successfully using a defibrillator on a cardiac arrest victim. The units all provide simple instruction and voice prompts, easy to read diagrams for pad placement. Also, the units will not shock a patient if the computer ECG analysis doesn’t show the patient has a shockable rhythm. Those rhythms generally are ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350P –
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P (Public Access Defibrillator) is different from any other defibrillator on the market. Designed specifically for public access use, It offers: ease-of-use, light weight (less than 2 1/2 lbs.). Also, reliability & durability, it has an 8 year warranty (best in the business). Durability – an IP56 certification (also best in the business). Most of all, at a very inexpensive price.
Philips HeartStart Onsite M5066A –
One of the lightest (3.3 pounds with battery & pads) AEDs on the market, is the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED – M5066A. The unit is extremely portable and easy to use.
The voice prompts include “on-demand CPR coaching” which helps you remember steps to take during the resuscitation effort. It has (optional) pediatric pads or trainer pads, the same HeartStart unit becomes a pediatric defibrillator or Trainer. All Philips Heartstart AEDs have “Quick Shock”, less than 10 seconds from analysis to shock. 8-year warranty and 4-year battery warranty.
Defibtech Lifeline –
The Defibtech Lifeline is a biphasic AED from Defibtech designed for speed and simplicity. The design is unusual with bright yellow and black coloring and attractive, sleek curves. The unit is sleek, lightweight, at 4.2 pounds, but is built rugged. In fact, this defibrillator unit meets U.S. DOD “drop and shock specifications”. Also, it has an 8-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Zoll AED Plus –
This ZOLL AED Plus has
been around since 2001 and works well for trained and untrained responders. Large graphic images on the faceplate simplify the instructions and help lay people understand the steps of the rescue process. It also has unique “real CPR help” which provides feedback to rescuers on rate and depth of chest compressions. This is a great benefit to those doing CPR on the cardiac arrest victim. Real-time feedback tremendously helps the quality of chest compressions. Zoll has 5-year warranty on AEDs, plus 5-year life on batteries and pads.
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AED Medical Oversight & Program Management
It’s a fact that if you have $1,150, you can buy an AED, even though they are medical devices that require a prescription. Because 98% of retail stores that sell them offer a “free prescription” with your purchase. We recommend that every business that purchases a defibrillator also purchase a physician-monitored AED management program. It’s required for Federal Facilities, it’s required for schools in GA, it’s recommended for all workplaces by Amer. College of Environmental Medicine (AOCEM). The GA Good Samaritan Liability protection is extended to “lay rescuers that are trained in CPR and use a physician or medically authorized Automated External Defibrillator program”.
OK, now that you agree that medical oversight is needed, generally that will cost $105-$160 per year. First of all, this includes pad/battery expiration tracking/notification, also monthly equipment check email notifications. Usually includes logging of required equipment checks and database. It also offers EMS notification that your business has an AED, and post-event physician review when you use your defibrillator. We also recommend you have an annual or semi-annual “AED drill“, so your employees get familiar with using the equipment. Most of all, drills will make a real cardiac event much smoother, with increased chance of survival of the cardiac arrest victim.
We recommend two services that provide excellent AED program management, ReadiTrack Plus by Readiness Systems, and ARCH, by AED Superstore . Both services provide pad/battery expiration tracking, monthly notification when check is due. They also include EMS notification, database of equipment checks, and post-event physician review, if needed.
ReadiTrack Plus includes the ReadiTrack Program Asset Tracking System plus medical direction, AED information services, and AED law compliance. This is provided by Richard Lazar, a recognized expert in the field of law, use of AEDs, and resuscitation. ReadiTrack Plus is $159 per year per unit, and includes a ReadiSource subscription, containing valuable legal, practical and standard-of-care information for AED program managers, and other valuable tools. All designed not only to keep your AED compliant, but to ensure the long-term success of your program.
ARCH provides most of the same services, and if you’re purchasing your AED from AED Superstore, it’s very convenient to get your AED management program in the same place. ARCH is $149.99 per year per AED.
Neither AED management vendor comes to your business to look at your AED. They also don’t replace pads/batteries when needed. They just help you to do both by advising your personnel when checks are due, when batteries need replacing, etc.