AED Buyer's Guide
Why do I need an AED machine for my location?
Approximately 350,000 Americans will experience a life-threatening condition each year called sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This condition is fatal if it’s not treated within ten minutes. However, traditional first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), isn’t enough if the victim is suffering SCA, or the sudden interruption of the heart’s electrical activity resulting in an abnormal rhythm called ventricular fibrillation or ‘VF’. If VF is not corrected by defibrillating (shocking) the heart with an automated external defibrillator (AED), the heart will not recover and the victim will die. With each minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival drop by roughly 10%.
Nearly 1,000 people in the United States die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest each day. SCA is unpredictable and can strike anyone, including young, old, male, female, even healthy athletes.
Because of this, an AED is recommended for any facility where people gather in large numbers. In addition, anyone who is at high risk of cardiovascular issues should have an AED in case of an emergency.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of an AED can vary between $1400 to over $2500 depending on the model and features of the device. However, this price can vary depending on the features and accessories included. Some advanced models may have additional features such as wireless connectivity, ECG monitoring capabilities, and long-lasting batteries which can increase the cost.
Let’s run through an example to fully illustrate the cost of purchasing and maintaining an AED over the course of four years.
New AED device: $1,799
Backup Adult Electrode Pads: $50-200
Backup Infant/Child Electrode Pads: $75-230
AED Trainers: $400-600
AED Cabinets, Signs and Wall Stickers: $5-250+
Recurring AED Maintenance Costs
AED Electrode Pads: (Replaced every 2-4 years)
AED Batteries: (replaced every 4 years)
The best way to purchase an AED is online or by contacting your nearest sales representative. Our online AED store offers several different models to fit a variety of needs and accommodations. Our customer service team is fully trained and equipped to help customers or businesses of any size select the right AED.
Before you buy an AED, it would be smart for you to know the laws and requirements that your country, state, county, and city require.. Schools, the Post Office, commercial stores, local Fire & Rescue Departments, train stations, YMCA, gym & athletics facilities, daycare facilities, church buildings, warehouses, factories, medical treatment centers, healthcare facilities, and hospitals should all have access to an AED in case of an emergency.
The upkeep cost of an AED is minimal compared to the initial cost of the device. AED maintenance costs to consider are the batteries, adult and child pads, and other supplies that may come with the device. The average upkeep cost is around $75 annually per device.
Certain states require you to buy extra supplies and materials in addition to your AED units such as a first aid kit and other medical supplies including CPR manikins for hands-on training.
Purchasing a defibrillator for at-home use is easy and as simple as making any other online purchase. There are a handful of factors to consider when purchasing an AED for home or personal use.
A popular choice for home use is the Philips HeartStart Home AED. It is the only FDA-Approved, over-the-counter defibrillator on the market.
Read our article about the best home AEDs on the market.
Some features add additional costs to an AED model. This can include accessories as if the device is fully or semi-automatic, or if it has a shock button. Some other advanced features include having a screen or monitor if the device is rescue ready, and how long the battery lasts.
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The information posted on our website is not intended as legal advice and may contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We encourage you to contact your state representative should you require more information.
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