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Cash for Clunkers: Recycle Your Older AED

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, …

Companion Pet Resuscitation

Would you, without hesitation, perform CPR on a family member? A recent Associated Press-Petside.com poll detemined “that 58% of pet owners would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency.” An interesting concept, don’t you think? CPR on animals is basically the same as it is on humans, it’s just the difference in size and anatomy that matters. You would still give rescue breaths and perform “chest” compressions. Many CPR instructors have included Companion Pet Resuscitation in their repertoire for pet-owners or others who care for animals. The poll also …

New CPR Saves Lives

It seems almost weekly we are hearing more and more reports for the recent “hands-only” CPR technique. There have been several articles where the responder has used this method with success. The latest AHA addendumto their 2005 CPR Guidelines recognizes the efficacy of CCR (Chest Compression Resuscitation), or “hands-only” CPR, when applied to a witnessed collapsed victim who is non-responsive and not breathing. Several agencies have been teaching this method exclusively, while others demonstrate it in conjunction with the traditional method of CPR training. The original recommendation was for a “witnessed” collapse, where the responder knows how much time has elapsed from collapse to initiation …

Update: Philips Onsite & FRx Upgrade Deadline

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 …

We couldn’t have put this any better ourselves

LETTER: Every school needs an AED!

Strangers more likely to perform CPR–friends and relatives are less likely

We found an interesting post over at The Straight Dope that really surprised us. They chewed on some research results involving resuscitation statistics that reveal strangers are more likely to perform CPR on you than someone you know would. Conventional wisdom held (without any basis other than it sounded “good”) that strangers were less likely to perform CPR on others. We thought the reasons included the unknown medical history of strangers, unknown airborne and bloodborne pathogens you could be exposed to–stuff like that. It goes along with the American Heart Association’s “hands-only” CPR program that addresses this. It turns out rescuers panic …

Study: daily aspirin regimen for healthy people may not be a good idea

A daily low-dose aspirin regimen is common for heart attack patients to prevent future occurrences. A report of a study released today suggests that healthy people may want to consider taking a pass. The study found that the risk of bleeding may outweigh the cardiac benefit.

AED Outlet Grand Opening!!!

The AED Superstore is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our newest endeavor, the AED Outlet! Looking for a great price on a previously-owned AED? How about a great deal on an “open-box return”? Well, look no further! We’ve got ’em and you can get in on the bargain rush at the AED Outlet! All our pre-owned AEDs undergo a complete, in-depth inspection, making sure there are no current corrective actions outstanding on the unit, and that it passes its operational self-test. We will also include an unprecedented 3-year warranty on each pre-owned AED sold. What is an AED Outlet “Open …

Welch-Allyn AED 10 promotion EXCLUSIVELY from the AED Superstore

Welch-Allyn and the AED Superstore announce an exclusive AED 10 promotion valid for purchases from now until June 30, 2009. Buy a Welch-Allyn AED 10 from the AED Superstore and choose from one of three free Welch-Allyn diagnostic devices! Order a Welch-Allyn AED 10 online or by phone from the AED Superstore, and receive a certificate valid for a Welch Allyn SureTemp® Plus 690 Electronic Thermometer (model #01690-200), a Welch Allyn DS58 Tycos® Classic Hand Aneroid w/2-piece Adult Cuff and Nylon Case (Model #DS58-11), or a Welch Allyn Harvey™ Elite® Stethoscope, Black (Model #5079-125). The choice is yours! You say …

Stayin’ Alive

When the AHA changed its CPR Guidelines in 2005 to increase the rate of chest compressions to 100 compressions per minute (CPM), it was found that many responders had difficulty grasping just exactly how fast that is.  “The most common error is to push too fast,” according to Alson S. Inaba, a pediatric emergency physician at Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu.  When he asks CPR class members to demonstrate 100 CPM on a manikin, the usual rate is 120-150 CPM, which is much too fast to allow the chest to fully recoil (also part of the new recommendations). One day, …

Lemme, lemme, lemme upgrade ya!

If your Philips Heartstart OnSite or Heartstart FRx AED is currently using the AHA pre-2005 Guidelines, here is one last chance to get your device upgraded to the current AHA 2005 Guidelines.  Philips Healthcare has extended the window for getting your OnSite or FRx upgraded, but you must submit the Upgrade Request form to Philips by December 31, 2008.  After that date you will no longer be able to get your device upgraded. You can download the form in either .PDF or Excel format.  The cost is $280.00 per AED.  If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call …

$3.5 Million in Reimbursements for Purchases of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) For Texas Schools Still Unclaimed With Deadline Approaching

Of $9 million appropriated by the Texas legislature to reimburse State public and private schools for purchases of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), $3.5 million remains unclaimed. Texas schools are still eligible to make an AED purchase under the reimbursement program until the November 14, 2008 deadline. AEDs are portable defibrillators used by lay people with CPR training to resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest and have been deployed on thousands of school campuses nationwide. Texas Senate Bill 7 mandates at least one AED per school campus. Reimbursements are facilitated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Sources at TEA verified the funding …

Welch Allyn and ZOLL Medical Announce Strategic Alliance

An interesting news story hit the wires recently.  Welch Allyn Inc. and Zoll Medical Corp. announced a comprehensive strategic alliance with regard to research and development, manufacturing, sales and service, and distribution of Welch Allyn’s defibrillation and monitoring devices.  The two companies hope to capitalize on their complimentary strengths in the areas of operations and products by working together across multiple areas. Welch Allyn, a leader in sales of equipment and products for physician office practices, will continue to focus on sales of their AED 10™ to alternate care markets.  Zoll will likely become the manufacturer and exclusive supplier of AED 10 …

ZOLL Announces Airworthiness Certification for AED Pro

ZOLL Medical Corporation, makers of the ZOLL AED Plus and AED Pro, has announced that they have received notification of Airworthiness Release (AWR) from the US Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command for the ZOLL AED Pro.  This certification states that the AED Pro complies with the US Defense Department’s criteria for medical devices and can now be used aboard MEDEVAC helicopters. The ZOLL AED Pro has undergone extensive testing by the US Army’s Aeromedical Research Laboratory.  That testing included electromagnetic interference and compatibility, environmental and human factors testing in the laboratory, and also included in-flight assessments by engineers and …

Physio-Control’s LIFEPAK 1000 deployed on the International Space Station

The first AED we know of deployed into space is the Physio-Control LifePak 1000. The news was released today. Prior space missions used fully manual monitor/defibrillators. While we definitely expect extra electrode pads and batteries won’t be needed, we hope they got packed anyway. Outer space is beyond our delivery range.” We really like the post about it at MedGadget, too!

Philips applies for patent for “CPR coaching device providing tactile feedback”

Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V. has applied for a patent for a CPR coaching device to be used in conjunction with, among other things, their defibrillator products. While there have been other combination CPR coaching and feedback devices available for some time, namely integrated into the AED line from ZOLL Medical Corporation as well as a stand-alone product, the Philips patent application shows their device to have some advanced capability. Specifically, it coaches the rescuer via voice prompts to “press “harder” or “softer” or “faster” or “slower,” during the chest compression phase of CPR. ZOLL’s “Real CPR Help®” is integrated into …