With so many defibrillators on the market today how are you to know which is the best. No matter if it is for personal use or for your place of business there can be several factors involved. For some the price is the key factor in determining which defibrillator is the best for you. For others it may come down to which one is easier to use. I am going to try my best to lay a little ground work and tell you what an AED is and what does AED stand for. We will look at AED pads and some of the differences with those. Also we’ll look at AED batteries as well as a few other things along the way. For our purposes so as not to overload you with too much information we will look at two different AED brands and some of there features and try not to sway you one way or the other but to let you make up your mind for yourself when it’s all said and done. With that all said and done let’s begin.
What does AED stand for?
AED stands for automated external defibrillator. It is basically a defibrillator that is much easier to use. It doesn’t require a bunch of AED training. And it’s more portable to be able to take with you almost anywhere. Obviously you aren’t going to do that with the big one’s you see in a hospital.
AED Pads and batteries
– Heartsine has done something a little different from other manufacturers. They have put the AED electrodes and the batteries in to one single-use cartridge. They call it the Pad-Pak. So when you need to replace the pads or batteries you just have one thing to replace.
– The there are two different PAd-Pak’s
– The Adult Pad-Pak is gray and can be used on patients from eight years old to adults weighing more than 25 kg/55 lbs.
– The Pediatric-Pak is pink and can be used on patients that are younger than eight years of age weighing less than 25 kg/55 lbs.
– The Zoll AED Plus uses separate electrode pads and batteries. The two types of pads I would like to cover for the Zoll are the CPR-D-padz for adults and the Pedi-padz II for children up to eight. There are more pads to choose from but those are the two I’ve chosen to cover. They seem to be the most popular ones for the Zoll.
– The CPR-D Padz are pretty cool with the technology that is in them. They have what is called Real CPR Help. The Zoll AED Plus converts data from the CPR-D-padz and gives you an adaptive metronome to help the rescuer with the proper depth and rate, by saying “Push harder or “Good compressions” as needed. It will also show you the depth of the compression on the display screen of the AED. Currently that I am aware of the Zoll AED Plaus is the only AED that helps the rescuer to achieve the correct depth and rate of compression during CPR. As far as I am aware no other AED has these capabilities.
-Batteries for the Zoll AED Plus
There isn’t anything too special about the batteries for the zoll. The AED Plus uses type 123 lithium batteries. And Zoll generally recommends Duracell. The nice thing about this is that you can easily find and get batteries for the unit and they won’t be too bad on price either.
– MAP price for the Zoll AED Plus is $1699
– MAP price for the Heartsine Samaritan AED is $1175
– However Just like when you buy a car that is just what they can openly advertise it for. It doesn’t mean you can’t get a better deal especially if you get more than one unit. And you might be able to get a package deal with a wall cabinet or something like that.
-Also it is important to note that there is an upfront purchase price but because of ownership cost such as cost of pads and batteries you will have to decide what you are looking for. Are you looking more at the initial purchase price or the amount it will cost you with owning the unit such as previously mentioned costs of replacing pads and batteries.Bottom line some people may want to pay less up front and some people may be looking to pay less over the lifetime of the unit.