Few purchases are as important as those that can make the difference between life and death. If you are planning to buy an AED (automated external defibrillator) for personal use or for the workplace, the following tips can help you to identify the one that best suits your needs.
- Research available brands. There are many options, and while most are user friendly, there are differences. Look for units with large bright displays that can be read in both bright and low lighting. Also, as voice prompts range from the simple to the more detailed, be sure to consider the experience level of your users.
- Identify what type of model will meet your needs. Will you be using the AED for adult or pediatric patients? Will the unit need to handle high capacity needs or be able to be stored away for long periods of time?
- Check insurance and zoning requirements, as well as, state laws. Is your workplace required to have a certain number of units? Does the state require that your AED program be registered? What are the training requirements? Your liability insurer can be a great resource for these and other questions. The link below also has helpful information broken out by state.
- Verify what accessories are included with the unit. All units are sold with the most basic and necessary equipment, but some may offer extra pads, carrying case, etc. Most AED’s cost between $1,200 and $2,000, but professional models may cost as much as $20,000. Make the most of your money, by considering all of the equipment you will need, up front.
- Confirm if the dealer offers additional services, such as a loaner program during maintenance. If you simply cannot be without your device during repairs, this may be a helpful option for you.
- Exercise caution when purchasing devices from salvage companies or auction houses. These sellers may have little information on the used devices. If you do purchase a used unit, be sure to check for recalls, the age of the unit and maintenance records.
- If purchasing several units for the same location, it is recommended that you stick with the same model for ease of training and use.
Above all, remember that an AED is only as effective as the person using it. Proper training is a must. In A Heartbeat LLC is AED training certified by the American Heart Association. Call us to schedule your individual or group class today, 302-319-0106.