Getting Started

Buying your first AED and implementing a cardiac emergency response program can be a daunting task. Our AED resource center is full of guides, how-tos, and other resources you need to take the first step towards a comprehensive cardiac safety program. Start here to feel comfortable and confident when it’s time to make your first AED purchase.

AED Cost

The cost of an AED (AED defibrillator, AED machine, etc.) is essential to consider whether you’re looking for an AED for your home, at your business, or anywhere else. Understanding the initial expense of an AED and the total cost of ownership (TCO) will help you make a wise choice when selecting your defibrillator. How Much Does an AED Cost? Typically, a new AED will cost between $1,200.00 and $3,000.00. A used defibrillator device may cost significantly less and be a good option for those on a budget. The AED devices’ features use cases, and manufacturer can all change the …

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AED Use in Pregnancy

  Can you use an AED on a pregnant woman?  Is it safe to do CPR and use an AED on a pregnant woman? Yes, it is generally considered safe to use an AED on a pregnant woman, with data from the American Heart Association and other sources recommending use. In fact, it is deemed essential for survival, with the benefits far outweighing any risks. That being said, it’s important to understand the procedure for treating a pregnant patient with an AED and CPR. Before going deeper, let’s first discuss what an AED (AED machine, AED defibrillator, AED Device, etc.) …

Can You Use Adult AED Pads on a Child?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is crucial when saving a life during a sudden cardiac arrest emergency. But what happens if your AED does not have the correct accessories to deliver the necessary life-saving shock? If pediatric pads are unavailable, you may have questioned, “Can you use adult AED pads on a child? Is it safe, and if so, under what circumstances?” Explore with us how to apply electrode pads to children and infants, when it is appropriate to use adult pads on a child or infant, and what tools and resources you need to stay equipped for an emergency …

Can You Use an AED on Someone with a Pacemaker

Can you perform CPR on a person with a pacemaker? Can an AED be used safely on someone with a pacemaker? The short answer is yes, it is generally safe to use an AED on someone with a pacemaker. However, when treating someone who has a pacemaker with an AED and CPR, there are specific considerations that must be made. Read more to uncover some of the common misconceptions about using AEDs on pacemaker patients.  Table of Contents Understanding pacemakers and AEDs What is a pacemaker What is an AED Pacemaker and AED Interactions Using an AED on a pacemaker …

Existing Owners

Our AED resource center arms you and your team with all the information you need to know about managing and maintaining your AEDs. Learn the latest SCA scientific research, understand the most recent CPR guideline changes, read case studies, and discover more about the AED products and accessories you already own.

How to Maintain An AED

Table of Contents: AED Maintenance Checklist AED Battery & Electrode Pad Maintenance Keeping AED Maintenance Records AED Maintenance Requirements AED Maintenance Program Management Proper AED Maintenance Much like automobiles, AED (automated external defibrillator) maintenance requirements are essential and ongoing. However, unlike cars, most AEDs are rarely used and tend to slip from our everyday awareness. We must keep in mind that a well-kept AED quickly becomes our best friend if a sudden cardiac arrest emergency should arise in our daily lives. However, a poorly kept AED that, because of neglect, fails to provide the needed electric shock in the midst …

CPR / AED Laws

CPR Education Requirements for Schools Thirty-six states* and the District of Columbia require CPR education for all students before high school graduation. The 14 states without such legislation are Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. (*Note, as of April 2018, there are thirty-eight states.) States that Require AEDs According to research by Mark V. Sherrid, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center, et al, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in March 2017, certain states require or recommend AED placement in various settings, including schools. Following …

Reasons To Replace An Outdated AED

AEDs have been around for more than 20 years now. Many older AEDs are still in service and capable of saving lives.

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Public Access Defibrillation Laws & Guidelines

A Review of Public Access Defibrillation and the 13 Essential Elements to an Optimum PAD Program The term sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) refers to an electrical malfunction within the cardiac system, causing the heart to stop beating. When SCA occurs, the heart experiences ventricular fibrillation (V-fib/VF) or ventricular tachycardia (V-tach/VT) and the rendering the victim unconscious. The lack of oxygenated blood to the brain causes brain tissue damage and eventually death. Emergency medical services (EMS) respond to approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital SCA each year. On average, less than 8% of those who experience SCA survive the trip to the hospital. The number …

Research

How can we improve upon the current state of things? How do statistics correlate to improvements? Where can I get the answers to the many questions regarding sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, CPR and more? It all comes from research!

Why is Defibrillation Important?

Early Defibrillation Restarts a Heart Early defibrillation is the only definitive treatment that will save a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). It is relatively simple to perform, and must be administered immediately onsite upon recognition of SCA, coupled with proper CPR techniques. Rapid defibrillation is proven to save lives and is the ONLY effective treatment in an out of hospital emergency that will prevent a victim from dying within a few minutes. Resuscitation science tells us that CPR itself may double chances for survival when given by someone with CPR training, however, rapid defibrillation is still the only way …

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Statistics

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Statistics

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a serious and often lethal medical condition, but its exact definition, the statistics behind its occurrence, and recorded survival rates are not always in consensus.

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Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

Who’s more at risk for sudden death – young healthy athletes, or older, sedentary adults? Read on to learn more about how sudden cardiac death (SCD) affects everyone, no matter their age, race or gender. Surprisingly, SCD takes the lives of healthy athletes every day. Athletes are often idolized for their physical prowess, but despite society’s assumptions of their health and fitness, this group in particular is prone to sudden cardiac death (SCD). When a young athlete is lost to SCD, the impact of this loss can be felt throughout their family, friends, school, and community. Such losses are often …

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