How do I Buy an AED for my Home?
It is a well-documented fact that the majority of Sudden Cardiac Arrests happen outside of the hospital, with most events taking place at home.
For those with heightened risk factors, this brings up the question of what can be done to give them the best chance of survival during an SCA. One possible solution is to purchase an AED device for your home.
We often receive questions pertaining to which device is best for home use? What features should I consider? How important is CPR during a cardiac arrest? How much does an AED cost?
While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, we aim to arm you with enough information to make the right decision for you.
Zoll AED Plus
The ZOLL AED Plus is one of the best options for lay responders because of its CPR Feedback feature as well as ease-of-use set up. This device walks you through what to do during a Cardiac Arrest as well as guides CPR with feedback and a metronome in order to give the victim the best chance of survival. This device is also great for use on children as one click of a button tells the device to automatically dial back the shock on an infant or child.
Philips HeartStart Onsite
The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED is a popular choice for homeowners due to it’s lower cost and easy-to-follow instructions during an SCA. Maintenance costs are also lower than normal with the M5070A Battery and M5071A Adult Pads currently costing less than $300 every few years to replace. The device self-tests daily to ensure it is always ready to operate during a SCA event.
Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2
The LIFEPAK CR2 combines technology and simplicity that responders often desire during an SCA event. This device comes with CPR Coaching, escalating power after each shock if necessary, and no need to use different pads for adults or children. The device also comes with ClearVoice® Technology that adjusts the level of volume of the instructions depending on the background noise.
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AED For Home FAQ
Who should get an AED to use at home?
Anyone can purchase an AED to keep at home, but those who are at higher risk of cardiac problems have more of an impetus to do so. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone, of any physical condition, at any time. Studies show that proper use of an AED within the first 10 minutes of an SCA drastically increases survival rates.
How much does an at-home AED cost?
While there is no specific AED for home use, most models will run between $1,200 and $1,900, depending on the features and accessories.
Will health insurance cover an AED for home use?
Unfortunately in most cases, insurance companies will not cover the cost of an AED. If you are at a heightened risk of SCA, check with your insurance company to see what they recommend or what they will or will not cover.