If you’re considering purchasing a new defibrillator to outfit your facility or to replace an existing unit, you may be wondering how you go about determining which AED is best suited for you and your facility.
First, it’s important to have an understanding of the most important functions of an AED. These defibrillators assist both ordinary individuals and first responders in safely resuscitating victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) without the need for extremely complex (and expensive) medical training. The equipment functions by producing an electrical charge that resets a person’s heartbeat to its correct rhythm.
AEDs have been around for quite some time, though the portable, easy-to-use versions are still a relatively new technology (only a few decades old). What’s notable about these tools is that they’re so effective that some estimate they’re capable of increasing survival of these cardiac events by 70 percent. Even despite this information, however, there are still many areas in the United States where there are not enough publicly available defibrillators. Some studies indicate an increase in the number of available AEDs could save tens of thousands of Americans every year.
Now that you know what defibrillators do and why it’s so important to have them available on your property, it’s time to look at some of the most important considerations for purchasing monitors and defibrillation equipment in Lubbock, TX:
- Cost: As with any type of medical equipment, you need to give at least some consideration to the cost involved in the purchase. Buyers tend to pay too much attention to the upfront costs, however, and not as much to the lifetime ownership costs. Many people will own their AED for years, during which time you can expect to replace batteries regularly, and swap out the pads at least several times. However, every AED manufacturer has different lifespans for its pads and batteries, so you need to take those costs into consideration as well as the upfront cost of the unit itself. In addition, given this is a life-saving device, you shouldn’t necessarily aim to cheap out on your purchase.
- Expiration dates: If at all possible, you should aim to synchronize the expiration dates of your batteries and pads. There are some AEDs that have different lifespans of their batteries and pads, which means you’ll end up replacing pads while the battery is still good. This is a waste of money.
- Quality compression feedback: One of the best features that comes with AEDs you’ll find on the market today is quality compression feedback. This functionality provides you with real-time feedback on compression depth and rates. Even if you have been trained in CPR, it’s still helpful to have this immediate feedback during a stressful cardiac event to guide you through a life-saving scenario.
These are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind when purchasing monitors and defibrillation equipment in Lubbock, TX. For more information about what we have in stock, contact Stat Biomedical Inc. today. We look forward to assisting you soon!
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