What is the cost of owning an Automated External Defibrillator?
An increasingly commonplace sight in public is the presence of an Automated External Defibrillator, more colloquially known as an AED. New defibrillator pricing for devices can range from $1,315 to $3,500 for ALS devices.
Over the years, these devices have saved the lives of countless Americans who have suffered from a sudden and largely unpredictable condition called Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
We at AED Brands have helped businesses both large and small, universities, K-12 schools, police departments, sports stadiums and everything in between implement AED programs designed to save lives and be cost-effective. With that in mind, we wanted to share some information you may find useful when calculating the costs of owning and, just as importantly, maintaining an AED Program.
What are the additional costs for AED machines?
After the initial purchase of an AED, an important factor to keep in mind are the various warranties for the accessories (pads and batteries) and the device itself.
In most cases, the AED device will have an 8-year manufacturer warranty. This means the device is covered by the manufacturer and will remain operational for the 8-years after purchase. In most cases, AED electrode pads will remain covered for 2 years (which is the lifespan before they need to be replaced) while the AED batteries will remain covered for up to 4 years.
The lifespan for the accessories and replacement parts can slightly vary between devices which is another factor that comes into play when deciding which is the best AED for you.
Let’s use the ZOLL AED Plus device as an example. The initial cost is $1,799 and is known as one of the lowest cost-to-maintain devices on the market. The CPR-D-Padz cost $192 and have a remarkable shelf life of 5 years while the ZOLL AED Plus replacement batteries are only $51.25 and also last for 5 years.
The cost of maintaining this device is low compared to other devices and is one of the few instances that the pads and batteries would expire together.
Other factors to consider are the cost of Infant/Child pads which are not the same as adult pads. These pads are designed to be used on children under 55 lbs. and utilize a weaker electrical current during an SCA resuscitation attempt.
Which is the best AED?
What is the cost for an at home AED device?
While different devices may be purchased for home use, the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED was authorized by the FDA in 2004 for home use. Production of this device has been temporarily suspended due to supply chain issues afflicting the AED industry in 2022.
Philips sells a very similar device with additional features called the Philips HeartStart FRx for $1,846.
*Please note the prices listed in this article are current as of the publish date and are subject to change.