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Rechargeable vs. Non-rechargeable Battery

You are starting an AED Program, and you have many questions, one of which is, “wouldn’t it be more practical to have a rechargeable battery in my AED?”  Great question!  Let’s see if we can clear up some of the misconceptions about having a rechargeable battery instead of a long-life lithium non-rechargeable battery. The non-rechargeable lithium batteries generally have a useful life of about 4 – 5 years in standby mode.  “Standby mode” is when the AED is rescue ready and the only drain on the battery is from the AED performing its daily, weekly, or monthly self test.  They’re …

Chest compression CPR already catching on

     Glendale firefighters in Arizona are teaching their residents the new chest compression only CPR we wrote about in a previous post. The Arizona Republic wrote about it today and it appears the turnout is huge. Their class is taught in about 2 hours which is about half the class time of a current full CPR class. Although the current American Heart Association and American Red Cross CPR curriculum doesn’t recognize this method (yet), we applaud any effort that empowers more people to save lives. New “Guidelines” here we come (although it could still be a few years away)!

Philips Heartstart OnSite factory rebate ends December 21, 2007

   Receive a $125 rebate for every Philips Heartstart OnSite AED you buy from the AED Superstore ( You’d better hurry…this rebate ends December 21, 2007!

Chest compressions without rescue breathing may be as effective as “traditional” CPR–new method known as “CC-CPR”

     The December issue of Circulation reports on the conclusions of two studies which show CPR done without rescue breathing may be as effective as the compression/ventilation combination we’re taught to do now. The new method is called “CC-CPR.” “CC” stands for “chest compressions.” The studies were conducted in Sweden and Japan. An article about the findings was posted by U.S. News and World Report. It is not a part of the current American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR protocols. The amount of data coming out about this has us convinced that CC-CPR will be considered as …

New CPR promises better results by compressing abdomen, not chest

     A biomedical engineer at Purdue University has developed an alternative CPR compression technique that is nothing like we’ve seen before. It’s a new method of performing chest compressions on a patient that appears effective and is the second alternative we’ve seen that downplays the step of rescue breathing.      Although this news item was released back in September of this year, it appears in print in this month’s issue of JEMS.

ZOLL announces new and improved “CPR-D” electrode pads

     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 …

Philips announces deadline for G2005 AED updates

     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. …

Preventing cardiac arrest in kids

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.

Meet Dr. Bernard Lown…inventor of the defibrillator

     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 …

American Academy of Pediatrics says heart problems in kids have been underestimated

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.

Fake CPR cards racket busted

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

CPR For Birds?

     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?

The AED Adviser is now online and it’s free!

     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 …

The AED Superstore now offers Simulaids training manikins

     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!

$125 rebate on Heartstart Onsite AEDs for a limited time from Philips

     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.