The BEST AED Available! Or is it?

How controversial does it get? Like many important pieces of medical equipment, the sale and acquisition process of purchasing a life-saving device can be daunting – even outright frustrating. Couple this frustration with an inexperienced acquirer trying to learn and speak a language which heretofore was foreign to them and the migraine really starts to set in. Commonly AED purchasers cite “information overload” during the sales process. Battery Life, Electrode pad life, AED unit self checks, escalating energy vs. fixed energy, semi-automatic vs. automatic, you name it! Medical device manufacturers spend millions of dollars trying to simplify an important and complex medical process (analyzing a patient’s heart rhythm and delivering life-saving therapy – all in a matter of seconds), so why to AED salespeople overindulge the public with banal information? If the AED industry is so easy to understand, any bystander can be a rescuer with little-to-no formal training, and AED units utilize “smart” technology to avoid erroneous diagnosis, why do purchasers commonly hit a state of impasse when analyzing what unit is best for their needs?

Lets face it: all units are great. All units save lives. Nobody on this earth would like to be faced with a situation in which an AED isn’t available to them. So what’s the fuss? Are these features really important, and if so, does the public good which they offer outweigh the potential damage done by possible confusion and delaying device acquisition?

What do you think? Do AED unit differences matter, and if so, which ones?

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  • By Stacey Kraus, May 29, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    Your correct, in my opinion the only really important thing about AEDs is having them available to the public. I tend to favor the more cost effective models due to the fact that they all provide the same basic function, the ability to save lives! Great article!

  • By Michelle P., June 4, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

    Great posting! I just went through this process. When we were looking into purchasing AEDs we felt that it was important to have something that was easy to use. Above all, if nobody in our office knew how to use the unit, what good could it do? When I saw the big green one I didn’t know where to start, but when I saw the Philips unit I began by pushing the “on” button – the rest was easy.
    That’s my opinion. What matters most is good training and an easy-to-use unit!

  • By Micah Bongberg, June 7, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    Michelle, while you didn’t feel the Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defibrillator was the right unit for your needs, many organizations feel that it is best for them because of the CPR D Pad, and ability to manage and provide CPR coaching. Zoll commonly cites the fact that while not all victims need defibrillation therapy, all victims require good CPR.

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