Month: October 2007

     ZOLL’s unique single-piece electrode pads keep getting better and better! Known as their CPR-D padz, they were the first one-piece AED electrode system and came with an unprecedented 4-year shelf life and supported the ZOLL AED Plus‘ CPR feedback feature. Earlier this year ZOLL announced an extended shelf-life of 5-years for their CPR-D padz. Today, they proudly announce other key improvements like: Lower Profile CPR Sensor The new low profile shape of the CPR sensor lends itself to better contour to the victim’s chest resulting in a more even distribution of force and pressure. And…      Added …

     In late November 2005 the American Heart Association announced changes to the “rules” of CPR. The new way to perform CPR became known as “Guidelines 2005.” The new guidelines should have prompted all AED owners to upgrade their machines to conform to the new guidelines. Since the new ruling went into affect 2 years ago, Philips, makers of the OnSite, FRx, FR3, and other AED models, has announced a deadline for upgrade availability for their Heartstart line of automated external defibrillators. Owners of these devices have until December 31, 2007 to place their upgrade order with Philips Medical Systems. …

We discussed the rarity “myth” of pediatric cardiac arrest in a recent post, but now we learn that there’s perhaps a preventative measure. Simply screening kids for heart problems before they engage in athletic activities might be all it takes. Parents and school officials will want to read this article.

     Ask any doctor or paramedic who has been around awhile about what it was like to use an early model defibrillator and you’ll hear about how big and heavy they used to be. AEDs weren’t even on the radar back then. The very first external defibrillator was developed by Dr. Bernard Lown in the 1960’s after reading a paper written by Dr. Paul Zoll. (The ZOLL name should be familiar to our readers by now!) It weighed over 60 lbs and was anything but portable. But it was the first major step in changing the way sudden cardiac …

For years the common knowledge about pediatric cardiac arrest centered around the following facts: it’s usually brought on by respiratory arrest, and, it’s rare. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes the problem is not as uncommon as we first thought. You’ll find the article here. It could change perception of pediatric cardiac arrest as we know it.

We just never knew there was such an “industry!”

Every AED has a water and dust ingress rating which classifies the level of protection that electrical appliances (like AEDs) provide against the intrusion of solid objects or dust, accidental contact, and water. The rating has NOTHING to do with how well a particular device can withstand a drop or shock. It is expressed as an “IP Code” which you’ll usually see in an AED’s sales brochure. The code is expressed as IPXX with “X” being the rating numbers. The IP Code stands for “International Protection Rating” or “Ingress Protection Rating. The first numerical digit indicates the level of protection …

     Yesterday we posted news about a new CPR manikin available at the AED Superstore called CasPeR the CPR dog. Now we find that a technique exists to perform CPR on birds. We’re not sure of the accreditation, but it does make sense. Perhaps a manikin for Avian CPR and rescue breathing is around the corner?

     Are you looking for an AED but don’t know which one to get? Let the AED Superstore’s AED Adviser help you. Click on the link and rate the features found on various AEDs by their importance to you. The site will then show you the AEDs that best match your feature ratings. It’s easy to use, it’s free and anonymous! The results show immediately in your web browser. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, call the AED Superstore at 800-544-0048 and a friendly and knowledgeable representative will help you with your purchase. Be sure to ask about any …

     Simulaids has a great lineup of CPR manikins although at first glance the army of “faces” you get looks odd, doesn’t it? It’s the Simulaids way of keeping your training environment sanitary. The days of wiping down a manikin with plain alcohol wipes are gone, thank goodness! By the way, take a look at CasPeR the CPR dog. No joke!

     If you were holding off on the purchase of a Philips Heartstart OnSite AED, your wait is over! Philips has announced a factory-authorized rebate of $125 for each OnSite you buy from October 12 to November 23, 2007. The AED Superstore makes the deal even better by making it an instant rebate at the time of purchase. And you still get free ground shipping and all the accessories normally included with the Philips Heartstart OnSite AED. Click the links above for more information or call a friendly and knowledgeable representative at 800-544-0048.