When you are considering purchasing an automated external defibrillator, there are a number of factors to take into consideration before deciding what model will best fit your needs. The number of people in the building or home, the environment itself, and the price of the model are all factors that you should take into consideration when deciding what type of automated external defibrillator to purchase.
The number of people that your automated external defibrillator is meant to cover in case of an emergency is definitely a factor that needs to be examined prior to making a purchase. If you are in an office building that has multiple floors – more than five, for instance, you will want to purchase more than one automated external defibrillator because it will be useful to have one for every floor. What an automated external defibrillator does is save you time – time to maintain life until emergency responders can arrive at the scene. Therefore, it is imperative that when you are deciding where to place your automated external defibrillator, you analyze the amount of time it could take to get to the machine from anywhere in the building and back to where the victim is located. Minutes count enormously, and getting an automated external defibrillator to the victim in the right amount of time is absolutely crucial. With this in mind, understanding the number of defibrillators needed to support a given population is one of the first considerations you should make when deciding to purchase an automated external defibrillator.
Environmental factors need to be taken into consideration when purchasing an automated external defibrillator as well. For instance, if it is going to be in a classroom, then you should consider buying an AED cabinet to prevent children from trying tamper with the AED. Or, if the automated external defibrillator is going to be portable and may be carried into conditions where it will be exposed to extreme heat, cold, or moisture, then you may want to consider purchasing a weather resistant case, and a model that is considered more rugged like the Phillips HeartStart FRx AED.
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