A defibrillator is a device that uses electricity to re-start the heart or shock it back into its correct rhythm. It is used when someone has a sudden cardiac arrest. This is when the heart suddenly stops pumping. The defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm and decides whether an electric shock is needed. Each year, more than 30,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest. If it happens outside a hospital, their chances of surviving are less than 1 in 10. Giving the person immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an AED early on can greatly increase their chances of survival. The most important thing is to use the AED quickly.
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Onset Health maintains stock of a range of defibrillator AED units, parts and accessories. So you can make sure your AED is always in perfect working order for when you might need it. Shop defibrillators, AEDs, and resuscitation equipment at Onset Health.
What type of AED should I buy?
A good AED will have a very simple user interface, but this is masking a very complex diagnostic algorithm that ensure the appropriate treatment is applied to a patient. The reputable brands Onset Health offer all meet strict standards and quality controls to ensure the above criteria are met.
What is the best brand of AED?
The world’s leading brands are offer by Medshop and include Philips Heartstart, Zoll and Stryker Heatsine. The Model of AED that best from this selection typically depends on individual use cases, but in most instances the standard entry models of each brands eg. The Philips Heartstart ONSITE (HS1), or Zoll AED Plus, or HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P are more than suitable.
How do you select AED?
Given the intense situations in which AEDs are usually required (such as in a home defibrillator situation), the best AED is a simple device in terms of its design and functionality so that anyone, even people who don’t have formal training or qualifications are able to administer the device. One example of such a design is the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P listed below, which has an incredibly simplistic and intuitive design.
Next, it’s essential to ensure that the AED you purchase comes with the necessary accessories. Most AEDs will come standard with electrode pads, a battery, and their own carrying case, so that they are portable and easily usable in any situation. But it is also important to consider the location of storage and the appropriate accessories that are available to ensure everyone knows an AED is available and where it is stored.
What are the different types of AED?
You’ll have to make another choice when buying an AED, deciding whether or not you need an automatic AED or a semi-automatic AED. An automatic AED will, as the name suggests, automatically administer a shock if it detects irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). On the other hand, a semi-automatic AED will require some manual input from a user once it’s detected that a shock needs to be administered, though it can occasionally be more cost-effective. In 99% of cases we would always recommend a fully automatic AED.