Managing Your AED

If only we all lived where it was sunny and 75° all year long. Then conditions for our AEDs would be ideal!

We all want to do our part to help the environment, and there are lots of questions when it comes to how to dispose of batteries…

In this article, we tackle the tricky question of third-party accessories and why you should never consider using them with your AED.

So why don’t AED manufacturers have interchangeable accessories such as electrode pads and batteries?

If the only thing holding you back from purchasing an AED for your business is the concern over a potential lawsuit, tune in to eHealth Radio

Do all large retail locations typically have an AED on hand for a sudden cardiac arrest emergency? You may be surprised at the answer.

The American Heart Association brings forward a valuable resource in the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (more information available here), but the next logical question is: “How many AEDs does my school need?” Inspired by the question, we have compiled several items to consider when placing AEDs in your school. Current Expert Advisement and State Legislation: For a glimpse into your state’s most current AED laws, check out the link here. Response Time: The AHA recommends, when placing an AED, you should consider facilitating a two minute response time from collapse of the individual to arrival of the AED. By examining …

On any given weekday, the majority of American children are at school at the same time. Each day, school administrators face numerous operational responsibilities which include: instructional leadership, managing community expectations and the students’ safety. With increased visibility on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), it is becoming more apparent that schools need to be prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. The American Heart Association has reported over 6,300 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in individuals younger than 18 in 2013. Youths such as 7th grader Kylee Shae, who collapsed of a sudden cardiac arrest in the hallways of her school. Thanks …

Let’s say you purchased an AED for your facility. You’ve researched which AED best suits your needs, you made the purchase, received your shipment and have it all set up and ready for use in an emergency. Big question: Are you compliant? Have you looked into your state and local laws and/or regulations regarding AED ownership? Were you aware that these exist? How do you go about getting all of this information? The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends Medical Direction for all AED Programs. Many states require it. Even if it is not currently a requirement in your state, it may be soon. Either way, Medical …

Welch Allyn has officially discontinued the AED10 and AED20, as of March, 2014. At this point in time, there are no longer pads or batteries available for either AED. As a consequence, you may be struggling to find and implement a solution to this issue. We at AED Superstore would like to help you in your effort by offering our assistance in upgrading your AEDs. We are an authorized distributor of all FDA cleared AEDs, which means you have a large selection from which to choose. Your Welch Allyn trade-in can help make replacing your AED easier and more economical. Give us …

“So, if I get an AED and I have to use it, but the person I used it on doesn’t make it, will I get sued?” Often, we hear comments like this from potential AED owners. The fear of litigation can be a hindrance to possessing a life-saving AED, and actually having to use it. All states have laws and/or regulations regarding AED ownership and use. Those laws vary greatly from state to state. In reality, some states have certain requirements that have to be met in order to qualify for Good Samaritan protection under those laws. Also, it seems these statutes undergo changes often …

Cardiac Science has announced the release of a field corrective action addressing the AED resistor and AED relay issue that involves certain models manufactured between August 2003 and August 2009. The mandatory software upgrade for models 9390A and 9390E (Powerheart G3 Plus) is now available. Have your machine’s serial number ready, and you can download the file here. (edit: the resource is no longer available where we previously linked) The file is approximately 152 megabytes and will configure the already comprehensive self-test to check for the resistor issue. The upgrade is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Window 7 operating systems. Simply …

While the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program has ended, we’ve got a program of our own going on right here at the AED Superstore! Are you in possession of an older AED? Thinking about upgrading to a newer model? Wondering if there is an alternative to just trashing your old one? As it has been said, “there are always alternatives!” The AED Superstore has a trade-in program to help you upgrade your current AED to a brand new AED. We offer a generous trade-in allowance of $$$ off the price of a new AED purchased from the AED Superstore. Better yet, …

Important Note:  If you have a Philips Heartstart OnSite, Home, or FRx AED that is still running the older AHA Guidelines, time is running out to get your AED upgraded to the newer AHA 2005 Guidelines for CPR. Philips Healthcare will stop accepting upgrade orders for OnSite, Home, and FRx AEDs on 12/31/2009. Make sure to submit your upgrade order before this date! Philips will send an upgraded AED first and then you will send back your old AED.  This will allow you to keep the defibrillator in service at all times. Follow this link to download your upgrade forms (PDFor …

LETTER: Every school needs an AED!

The headline to this post could also read “How many AEDs do I need for my company?” or “How do I know how many AEDs to buy?” Most of these questions follow the same theme. And they can lead to lots of discussion or stress when you try to account for locked and secluded areas of your facility, the number of people who work there, the average employee’s age, number of buildings on the property, the location of the closest EMS agency, and on and on. Ask anyone with good intentions to perform an AED site assessment for you and you’ll realize quickly the process fits …

One question we are often asked is, “how much is owning an AED going to cost me over the years?” An excellent question! Let’s see if we can answer this clearly, and possibly dispel some misconceptions along the way. Afterthe initial purchase of your AED, the only costs you’ll incur, other than the cost of any optional accessories you may desire, will be the cost of consumables: electrode pads and batteries. One misconception is the feeling that you will be “constantly changing the pads and batteries.”The fact is, even though each manufacturer’s electrodes and batteries may vary slightly with regard …