Best AEDs for Home Use

Best AEDs for Home Use

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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. 

Learn more about the ZOLL AED Plus.

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.

Learn more about the Philips HeartStart Onsite

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. 

Learn more about the Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR2.

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Cost
AEDs that are budget friendly without compromising quality and performance.
Portability (Size/Wt.)
AEDs that are compact and lightweight. Great for travel and small spaces.
Durability (Dust/Water Resistance)
AEDs with high resistance to dust and water damage. Perfect for outdoors, areas near water, vehicles, and industrial settings.
CPR Feedback
AEDs with audible and/or visual feedback on the quality of compressions given during CPR. Great for untrained responders or those with limited training.
Fully Automatic Option
No shock button. The AED will automatically deliver a shock if needed. Removes the responsibility from the user. Great for untrained responders.
Pediatric Method
A pediatric key or button eliminates the need to purchase pediatric pads.
Maintenance Cost
Cost of replacement supplies for the life of the AED.
Remote Monitor Option
This feature reports the status of the AED to a web portal. Great for large or multi-location deployments. Cuts down on administrative workload. Adds accountability and ensures readiness.
Dual Language
AEDs that can toggle between two languages. Great for deployments that have diversity. English/Spanish is the preset option. Must request for alternative languages.
Required Inspection Interval
Each state requires AED maintenance per manufacturer guidelines. Some AEDs save time by requiring inspections less frequently. Great for large or multi-location deployments.

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.

 

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