Best Defibrillators to buy

Defibrillators are no doubt very handy in saving lives of cardiac arrest victims, whether at home where, research shows, about 80% of cardiac arrest attacks occur, or in hospitals and other public places. Defibrillators are devices that give electric shock of high energy to a person’s heart undergoing cardiac arrest. This high energy shock, called defibrillation, is essential in salvaging cardiac arrest cases. In other words, a defibrillator is a device that restores a normal heartbeat by sending a shock or an electric pulse to the heart. They are used to either prevent or correct an arrhythmia, that is, a heartbeat that is irregular, uneven or that is too fast or too slow. In situations where the heart suddenly stops, defibrillators can also be used to restore the heart’s beating. Defibrillators can be found anywhere people are; as part of first aid kits in workplaces, airports, shopping complexes, train and bus stations, schools, and of course, at home.

When purchasing a defibrillator, either for use at home or use in the workplace, there are certain indices to consider to determine which defibrillator is best for you. These indices include brand (because whether we admit or not, a certain measure of goodwill follows established brands, from which we can be assured of the quality, after-sale support, and warranty of the product); ease of use (because on every occasion where you’d need to use a defibrillator, speed and efficiency will be crucial assets; and to achieve this, the defibrillating equipment must be easy to use); consumables, i.e pads, and batteries (more durable consumables mean better defibrillators); price (you’d want something that suits your pocket and affords value at the same time); training options (this is especially helpful if you’re not an expert in the medical equipment field or if, in a public place or work environment, not every member of staff has prior know-how on using a defibrillator); physical features (weight and size of the equipment are also important considerations when deciding which product to obtain while bearing the intended use in mind). Having said these, the following provides an insight into some well-rated defibrillators. Assuming the aforementioned indices, here are some best defibrillators, or Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to buy.

  1. Philips HeartStart OnSite AED Defibrillator

This can be purchased on Amazon as either part of the Business Package with Slim AED Carry Case, AED Wall Sign, Fast Response Kit, and AED Basic Cabinet or Philips HeartStart OnSite AED Defibrillator with Ready Pack. The defibrillator is commonly used in businesses, schools, churches and public facilities. It has been rated one of the best defibrillators you may purchase owing to its cost-effectiveness and ease of use, as well as reliability. Although it has no user-serviceable parts, the Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator is simple to maintain. It performs an extensive and automatic self-test every day. A battery insertion test is also run whenever a battery is installed into the device. These self-tests feature cancels out the need for any manual calibrations while ensuring durability.

 

  1. Philips HeartStart Home AED Defibrillator with Slim Carry Case

It has the same functional importance as the OnSite device, yet it is adapted for home use with simple controls. With an 8-year warranty from the manufacturer, this body of advance technology is designed for home use on adults who weigh over 25 kg (55 lbs) and infants and children who weigh under 25 kg (55 lbs) or are 0-8 years old. It is thus fit for use for wide age and weight ranges. It is trusted, of course, because it is from the trusted Phillips brand. The smart sensors that it is equipped with ensures that shock is personalized for different victims, whether adult male or female, child or infant. The SMART analysis technology does this by automatically assessing the heart rhythm of the patient/cardiac victim. If it detects that the rhythm of the heartbeat is non-shockable, the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator will not provide any shock but will prompt the user to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), if it is needed in that peculiar circumstance. The defibrillator is, as they say, “ready to act, ready to go.” It is quick in shock delivery, and it is handy and so it saves time as it saves lives. Because it is fit for home use, it ensures enhanced care and personalized therapy. A laudable feature of this defibrillator is that it provides real-time guidance through a series of step-by-step voice commands and CPR guidance. It also has in its training mode, emergency scenarios numbering to 8, which allows users to practice safely and gain confidence until there is a real emergency that will require actual use. This particular unit comes with a slim, bold red case that will be easy to find and grab during emergencies, and in which a pair of paramedic scissors may be kept with the defibrillator. The few cons associated with this product are however, that it is somewhat expensive. There have also been some quality control issues, as some users have reported cases of the battery dying sooner than indicated or expected.

  1. First Voice Physio-Control Lifepak CR-Plus

This defibrillator is thought to be the best Automated External Defibrillator (AED) designed for easy office use, or use in schools, homes, and similar environments. It features the same advanced technology found in defibrillators trusted and used by medical professionals in handling emergencies. At the same time, it ensures that operations remain as simple as possible. It uses an ADAPTIVE biphasic waveform that has an initial shock of 200 joules, rising to 360 as demanded. Other features of this AED include valuable extras consisting of a rescue kit, bonus set of electrodes, 2 Pairs of Adult QUIK-PAK Pads, a semi-rigid carry case, and an 8-year factory warranty. It has pre-connected electrodes so anyone is confident enough to use it efficiently. The CHARGE-PAK battery system that it uses is easy to change and has a battery life that is commendably extra-long. Most Emergency Medical Service (EMS) teams make use of Lifepak products, and so if this Lifepak CR-Plus defibrillator is used as first aid, it will allow simpler transition when the rescue team arrives. The cons are that several of the extras included may not necessarily be needed by home users. Also, it is quite expensive. However, it remains a trusted brand that most EMS units and even hospitals use.

 

  1. PowerHeart G3 by Cardiac Science

Noted to be the best portable defibrillator, the Cardiac Science Powerheart AED comes in several packages, depending on intended use. These include the Stadium and Arena Value Package, and School and Community Value package, as well as boating, corporate, camp, aviation, office, athletic, travel, and oxygen packages. Whatever the package acquired, the AED uses technology that makes rescue in life emergencies very simple. Its STAR® Biphasic Technology delivers customized shock to the victim. The unit has a long-term guarantee from the manufacturers, amounting to 7 years for the defibrillator, and 4 years as the battery replacement warranty. Self-testing is also carried out monthly, weekly, and daily, depending on which of the schedule options is chosen by the user. Cardiac Life ensures that maintenance of this AED is super easy. With the regular self-checks, whenever any problems are detected, the user is immediately alerted of what components need to be replaced. This will prevent any unfortunate occurrence of an unexpected crash of the device. Other pros of this defibrillator is that it comes with non-polarized electrode pads, and it guides users through the process of usage with clear instructions and CPR coaching. These instructions can, however, only be understood by those who understand English as the instructions are in the English language only. Another con is that one would have to buy pediatric pads separately if it is to be used on children.

 

  1. Zoll AED Plus

Zoll products are trusted in the ER and ICU by several medical practitioners. This is a good reason to trust their defibrillator even at home. It comes in bright colours such as shades of yellow, green, and neon for noticeability. The Zoll AED Plus uses the ‘CPR feedback technique,’ which is a unique technique used when the victim does not have a shockable rhythm and the AED is not able to deliver a shock as a result. The device helps with ventilation and chest compression. As it does this, it measures the rate and depth of the chest compressions. Little wonder why it is referred to as the Physicians-approved-AED. The device comes with extra batteries, and its pad is ‘one size fits all.’ It, however, is costly and does not have any included extras. These conditions just may be offset with its durability and 5-year warranty.

  1. Defibtech Lifeline View AED

You may purchase this as part of the Defibtech Lifeline VIEW AED Value Package, with the AED, battery, one set of adult electrodes, and an 8-year warranty, to mention a few. The defibrillator has commendable features such as its regular self-testing, an interactive display in full-colour that gives instructions step-by-step, and it is acclaimed to be a highly durable AED with high rating on water and dust resistance. It also gives both visual and audio prompts that guide users through a rescue.

  1. Rescue Ready Pack by Cardiac Life

This is an all-in-one kit that prepares one, not only for using the AED but also performing CPR depending on the circumstantial needs in emergencies. The kit comprises of a defibrillator and an Adult Pad-Pak, with a Ready Rescue kit that consists of things such as CPR, a razor, and gloves. All of these fit into a compact and very lightweight carrying case. A very important part function of this AED is how it serves as a trainer or ‘coach’ to walk one through any emergency or rescue situation. This guide occurs through the testing process to check if the rhythm of the heartbeat is shockable or not. Depending on the result of the rhythm check, it will proceed to guide the user either through defibrillation or through the traditional CPR process. Along with the defibrillator also comes an instructional DVD that is designed to help train users on how to use the device. Technically, the device is a semi-automatic defibrillator. One advantage of this semi-automatic defibrillator is that it provides its users with increased control over the timing of its shock delivery. A unique feature of the AED is that its electrode pads are single use only. This single-use cartridge is made up of both the battery and the electrodes, and this makes it easier to replace just the one thing that goes bad instead of having to replace different components on different time schedules. However, after the usage of the device, there is a need to purchase a new cartridge. The unit has a Pad-Pak cartridge that should last for about four years and when the need arises for its replacement, it alerts the user by emitting an audible beep. Generally, the upsides are that the kit comprises of several useful extras, and it is relatively affordable when compared to defibrillators by other brands. It is also compact and lightweight, with single-use cartridge and so it is easy to maintain. It has low-cost maintenance due to its fairly-durable battery. It, however, has certain downsides. For example, pediatric pads (the Pediatric Pad-Pak) have to be purchased separately since the device itself is not fit for use on children who are under 8 years of age, or for those who weigh below 55lbs. Also, the battery cartridges or electrodes that are for single use might end up more expensive on subsequent purchases. Overall, this defibrillator set is convenient and is an affordable coach that is effective in remedying chaotic emergencies.

Having considered several products that count as best defibrillators to purchase, as well as their pros and cons, you may choose to look them up at Amazon, Prime, or individual product website for more details on their specifications, product descriptions, and customer reviews. This will put you on the right track to buying the most suitable defibrillator for the location and circumstances for which you intend to use it.

 

 

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