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AED Machine Buying Guide: How to Purchase AEDs

AED Machine Buying Guide: How to Purchase AEDs

Looking to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine? You’ve come to the right place! This guide will walk you through the process of purchasing AEDs for your business or home. We’ll provide tips on what to look for when choosing an AED and show you how to get the best price on your purchase.

Whether you’re just starting and don’t know where to begin or to look for, here’s a more in-depth review of an AED machine. Read on for everything you need to know about buying AEDs!

What are AEDs?

AEDs are devices that deliver an electrical shock to the heart to stop all electrical activity. Sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it? They are used in cases of cardiac arrest and can be a lifesaving tool for both first responders and laypersons alike. AEDs are designed to be easy to use, even by those with no medical training, and can be found in various public places such as airports, schools, and office buildings.

What are AEDs Used for?

AEDs are used in cases of cardiac arrest when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. Cardiac arrest can be caused by several factors these factors can include: heart attacks, electrolyte imbalance, traumatic injuries, electrocution, and drowning.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, time is of the essence – for every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, their chance of survival decreases by about ten percent. AEDs can help to ensure that lifesaving care is administered as quickly as possible.

How Do AEDs Work?

AEDs are intended to check for two cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib) and ventricular tachycardia (V-Tach). If either of these two dysrhythmias are identified the device prompts to deliver an electrical shock to the heart to, to stop all electrical activity. This shock is called defibrillation and is used to stop the heart from quivering or fibrillating. This gives the heart a chance to start beating in a normal rhythm again. AEDs will also provide instructions on how to perform CPR and when and how to use the device.

Why do I need an AED?

AEDs are an essential part of any emergency preparedness plan. If someone in your workplace or home has an incident of sudden cardiac arrest, having an AED on hand can mean the difference between life and death. AEDs are also relatively inexpensive and can be found for purchase online or through many retailers.


How Much Do AEDs Cost?

The price of an AED can vary depending on the make and model and any extras you may want to purchase. A basic AED will typically cost between $1000 and $2000, while a more advanced model with additional features may cost up to $3000.

How to Choose an AED

When choosing an AED, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Consider the device’s size – you’ll want something small and lightweight so that it can be easily transported and stored.
  • Think about the features you would like your AED to have. Some machines come with extras like CPR coaching or built-in oxygen tanks, which can be helpful in an emergency situation.
  • Make sure to choose an AED machine from a reputable manufacturer to ensure it will work properly in the event of a cardiac arrest.

AED Features

AED Portability

AEDs are small and light enough to be carried with you, so they can be used in any situation where someone may experience sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are easy to use, and most AEDs will give clear instructions on how to use the device. AEDs are an essential part of any sudden cardiac arrest plan. AED machines can save lives when used correctly.

AED Usability

AEDs are an essential piece of equipment in any public setting. However, they can be fairly intimidating to use. AED usability is important because in the event of a cardiac arrest, every second counts. The goal is to have a defibrillator that anyone can use without reading the instructions.

Modern AEDs provide visual and auditory prompts to guide the rescuer in how to properly set up and use the AED. We always recommend taking CPR/AED courses and staying up to date. If you are part of an organization, we recommend using the same AED simulator that replicates your organizations model of AED. Usability testing is essential in ensuring that AEDs are accessible and effective in the event of an emergency.

AED Durability

AEDs are built to be durable and long-lasting. In fact, most AEDs have a lifespan of 10 years or more. However, this does not mean you should not regularly check your AED for signs of wear and tear.

AED batteries should be replaced every four to six years, and the pads may need to be replaced sooner if they are frequently used. In addition, it is essential to keep your AED clean and free of dust and debris. These simple maintenance steps ensure that your AED will be ready to use when needed. It is important that you are familiar with the manufacture specifications and recommendations regarding equipment replacement.

How to Purchase AEDs

The first step is to decide what type of AED you need. There are many different models on the market, so choosing one that will suit your needs is important. If you’re not sure which model to select, you can always consult with a medical professional or someone who is experienced in using an AED machine.

Once you’ve decided on the type of AED you need, the next step is to find a reputable seller. You can purchase AEDs online, through retailers, or medical supply companies.

When making your purchase, ask about warranty information and return policies. You should also ensure that the AED machine you purchase comes with all the necessary accessories, such as batteries and pads.

By following these simple guidelines, you can be sure that you’re purchasing a quality AED machine that will be ready to use in an emergency.

J5 Rescue Supply AED Picks

Zoll AED Plus

One of the most popular AEDs on the market is Zoll’s AED Plus. This is our number one pick for a couple of reasons: affordability, ease of use, simplicity, and its ruggedness. This AED utilizes real CPR help technology.

Zoll AED Plus | AED Machine

While the AED is important, lives are truly saved by the rescuers. Real CPR Help guides you in delivering high-quality CPR. Integrated, real-time feedback provides visual and audio prompts to “Push Harder” or confirms when you are doing “Good Compressions,” keeping you on track to administer potentially life-saving CPR.


The Zoll AED Plus Features

  • Real CPR Help provides real-time CPR feedback on the rate and depth of chest compressions
  • Audio prompts and visual icons complement the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival
  • Easy-to-place, one-piece CPR-D-padz® electrodes with a 5-year shelf life
  • Fully automatic feature available — unit will deliver a shock on its own when a shockable heart rhythm is detected
  • Rugged design with an IP (ingress protection) rating of IP55 for dust and water
  • Can withstand conditions like extreme temperature, altitude, vibration, and shock
  • Off-the-shelf lithium batteries (Duracell 123a) with a 5-year battery life
  • Intelligent pediatric capability: Pedi-padz® pediatric electrodes can be purchased separately for children up to 8 years old or weighing less than 55 pounds
  • Automatic self-testing helps ensure a state of readiness
  • Soft carry case for easy travel
  • 5-year warranty (7-year warranty with online registration)

Cardiac Science PowerHeart G5

The PowerHeart G5 is designed for first time responders, as well as experienced rescuers. This AED offers a lot of the same perks as the Zoll AED Plus, but also includes a dual language capability. That means this AED can be switched between English and Spanish at the push of a button. 

Cardiac Science G5 |Top Rescue Products

The PowerHeart G5 features intellisense CPR (ICPR). ICPR technology can provide corrective prompts to help rescue workers at all skill levels perform high-quality CPR throughout the rescue. CPR measurement and monitoring help ICPR guides compressions and provides feedback on screen and in text to help ensure CPR quality remains in line with the AHA Guidelines.


PowerHeart G5 Features

  • ICPR technology provides real-time, guideline-driven CPR feedback on the quality of chest compressions.
  • RescueCoach prompts advance upon completion of each rescue task
  • Dual-language function enables users to toggle between preset primary and secondary languages with a touch of a button
  • Fully automatic G5 unit will deliver a shock automatically when it detects a shockable heart rhythm
  • AED stores 90 minutes of rescue data, accessible by USB cable or USB memory stick
  • IP (ingress protection) rating of IP55 for dust and water
  • Rugged design withstands conditions like extreme temperature, high altitudes, and vibration
  • Non-polarized Intellisense™ defibrillation pads offer a 2-year shelf life
  • Intellisense® Lithium battery offers a 4-year shelf life
  • Pediatric capability with Intellisense™ pediatric defibrillation pads (recommended for patients 8 years of age or younger or weighing less than 55 pounds (25kg))
  • Rescue Ready® indicator shows readiness status of battery, pads, and device
  • Soft carry case for easy travel



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