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Article: The Complete Automatic External Defibrillators Buying Guide

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    1. Price and Initial Cost
    Finding a device that fits both your budget as well as your needs is the first step in your life saving readiness.

    2. CPR Prompts
    CPR is an integral part of a rescue and AEDs provide prompts which may include a CPR metronome or even more

    3. Cost of Ownership
    Beyond the initial investment in the AEDs, the purchase of batteries, pads and maintenance over the life of the AED need to be considered.

    4. Ease-of-Use and Usability
    Public Defibrillators are designed with simplicity in mind, but usability studies suggest that some brands/models are more straightforward and thus quicker to operate and deliver a shock.

    5. Visual Prompts
    All AEDs feature voice prompts but some provide better visual indicators and prompts than others such as diagrams, flashing lights, LCD screens, or text screens.

    6. Fully-Automatic vs. Semi-Automatic Shock Delivery
    Fully-Automatic (delivers a shock without pushing a button) verses Semi-Automatic devices (require the pushing of a shock button).

    7. Size, Shape and Weight
    AEDs are sometimes stored in wall cabinets but other times are needed to be light and compact for better portability.

    8. Ruggedness and Durability
    Some applications, such as a first responder, might require more ruggedness out of the AED to withstand drops and rougher conditions.

    9. Water and Dust Resiliency
    An IP rating or an Ingress Protection Marking rates the level of protection to a wet or dusty environment.

    10. Adult / Pediatric Capability
    All AEDs have the capability for pediatric rescues (under 8 years or 55 pounds) some do this through optional pads or new technology. ILCORE Guidelines allow for adult pad use for patients 12 mo or older.

    11. Defibrillation Technology
    An AED’s primary purpose is to deliver life-saving defibrillation therapy to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest victim. Each brand does so in a different manner.

    12. Language for Voice Prompts
    Some AEDs models have the capability to have voice and visual prompts in another language.

    13. CPR/AED Training
    To have a complete well-designed AED program requires both AED training and CPR Certification.

    14. Purchase Assistance & Consultation
    Choosing the right AED and accessories can be daunting, would you like a consultant to contact you before providing a quote.

    15. AED Device Count
    Approximately many AED devices are you seeking?

    16. Additional comments or questions?

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