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How to Tell if Your Pads and Batteries are Expired

We get a lot of calls from people asking how long their AED batteries and pads are good for.  This is a great question, and the number one cause of AED failure is from expired pads and batteries. 

There are several ways to keep track of your pads and batteries expiration dates to ensure your AED is always ready.  Here are a few suggestions…

  1. Visual exam - the expiration date will be posted on the pads and battery
  2. Attach a check tag on your AED and write the expiration dates on the tag.
  3. Post an expiration date reminder on your e-calendar.
  4. Log into your program management system if you have one set up, and enter the expiration dates so they system will alert you when they are due.
  5. If you purchased your unit from AED Market, we will email you your reminders at least 60 days in advance.
  6. Call us at 1-833-874-3698 if you need any assistance in locating your expiration dates.


All AED’s will have a battery life of 2-7 years, and the pads will be good for 2-5 years.  Below is an AED chart that will show how long each pad and battery will last for a specific AED.

If your AED is not listed, please call us at 1-833-874-3698 for more information.


Why Does My Workplace or School Need a Bleeding Control Kit?

Why Does My Workplace or School Need a Bleeding Control Kit?

This is a question that may or may not have occurred to you at some point. First of all, what is a bleeding control kit? Very simply, these kits contain the basic equipment necessary to stop life-threatening bleeding in the case of traumatic injury or shooting.

None of us like to think about it but unfortunately, just like Sudden Cardiac Arrest, on-the-job calamities, natural disasters, and plain old mishaps do happen unexpectedly and could take place at any time. Since, by definition, accidents are not predicted, it is just as important to have a bleed control kit at your disposal as it is to have an AED in readiness for worst-case scenarios.

The necessity of bleeding control kits was brought to the nation’s attention by Stop the Bleed: an awareness campaign and call-to-action launched in 2015 by the White House. Uncontrolled bleeding, it asserts, is the single most preventable cause of death in traumatic events. Therefore, Stop the Bleed was created to encourage citizens to become adept at providing immediate assistance to help stop bleeding in injured persons.

Here at AED Market, we sell a basic bleeding control kit containing a trauma dressing (which consists of a pad and bandage), compressed gauze, paramedic shears, nitrile gloves, a skin marker, and a tourniquet. While an instruction manual is included, it is possible for a severe bleed to lead to death in mere minutes. Hence, it is highly recommended that all staff be given preliminary training to empower them to act in the event of an emergency without having to resort to following written directions. Paramedics may not arrive within the first vital minutes following an incident, so having prepared users ahead of time can make the difference between life or death. Every second counts when someone’s life or limb is on the line!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist in helping you determine whether to purchase a bleeding control kit for your workplace, school, church, or organization and how to properly use one.

Here is a link to our bleeding control kit - Click Here

Can Anyone Buy an AED?

Can Anyone Buy an AED?

     Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone anytime.  It is crucial that the person gets help immediately.  The only thing that will pull someone out of SCA is an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).  An AED is a portable device that will check the heart's rhythm and can send an electrical shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

     There are no limitations on who can purchase an AED. AED’s are available for purchase to everyone, including; individuals, businesses, Police, Fire, EMS, and all other industries. Entities such as churches, schools, and other places where large groups of people congregate, are finally starting consider an emergency plan that involves an AED as well.

    Another important place to have an AED is in your home. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of sudden cardiac arrest cases occur at home. When a person is in SCA, the chance of survival goes down 10% for every minute without having an AED available. Having access to an AED could potentially save a loved one’s life. For a family member or friend with a high risk of cardiac arrest, having an AED at home would eliminate the need to wait several vital minutes for an emergency medical team to arrive with one.

        For purchasing an AED for your home or business, visit for details and AED options. You can also call 1-800-441-8378 for additional assistance and information. 

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

Knowing how long your AED battery is good for is one of the most important components of owning the device. One of the leading causes of device failure is from an expired battery. AED battery life can range from 2-7 years depending on the brand.

Keeping track of when your battery is set to expire is essential to owning an AED device. The batteries are non-rechargeable and a new one needs to be purchased before the old one expires.  If you purchase an AED or Batteries through AED Market, we will automatically send you expiration reminders 60 days before they are due.  It is important to understand where to find and how to read the date of expiration to ensure your AED is operational and emergency ready. Once finished with the old batteries, they can be recycled. Please call us if you need assistance in recycling your battery. 1-800-441-8378.

There are several ways to be up to date on the life of your AED battery including but not limited to:

  • Locating the printed expiration date on the battery (CR Plus, Defibtech, and Heartsine Batteries) 
  • Adding a visual reminder on a calendar
  • Adding a Check tag to your AED with the expiration date written on it.
  • Creating an e-alert
  • Do a physical check to see if the AED is operating properly and not chirping ( a chirp may indicate the battery is low and needs to be changed)
  • OR calling AED Market at 1-800-441-8378

 Different models of AED have different battery lives. The Physio Control CR Plus has a 2-year battery life, while models like the popular ZOLL AED Plus have a longer lasting battery life at 5 years.

See the chart below…Click on any picture for more info on that specific AED.



 For more questions on the battery life of your AED, visit or call at 1.800.441.8378. 

Does a person need to be trained in order to use an AED?

Does a person need to be trained in order to use an AED?

       Although an expected user may have training in using an AED, training is not necessary to properly use the device. Administering an AED is simple and clear. The AED will guide the user through the process by a series of clear voice prompts which are simple directions. The AED diagnoses the patient’s heart rhythm and directs the user if a shock is needed or not. The device will not shock unless needed. Therefore, there is no danger to a patient who may not need the AED. Any non-medically trained individual administering the AED is able to listen to the voice prompts and properly use the AED. The ease of use is one of the great features of an AED. 

     Also, if you end up in a situation where you have to use an AED on someone, and you are trained or untrained, you are fully protected by the Good Samaritan Law.  The Good Samaritan Law will protect you legally if the AED does not save the person. It allows you to try your best to save someone without the threat of any legal ramifications. 

Fore more information, you can visit 

You can also call 1-800-441-8378 to speak to a representative who can help you with an AED recommendation, or any questions you may have.

 Please click below for a short video on how to use an AED.

How Long Does an AED Last

How Long Does an AED Last

How long does an AED last?

We get a lot of questions on how long an AED will last.

The answer to that question will depend on how well you take care of your AED. There is not an exact science that says an AED will last for 8 years, then you must replace it.  It may last for 8 years and we have seen some last 20+ years. 

All of our AED’s, whether you purchase a new or recertified unit, should typically last you anywhere from 10-15+ years. If it is kept in an office or storage cabinet with little usage, it will obviously last a little longer than one being banged around in the back of a police vehicle or on a fire truck.   

How will I know if there is something wrong with the AED? 

An AED will automatically perform a daily, weekly, and monthly “Self Test” and will start to chirp like a smoke detector if there is a need for servicing. Some of the AED’s will have an information button that will give you the reason for the service alarm. You will also want to perform a physical check of the AED often enough to see if the indicator button is still showing the AED is working properly or not.  If it is not chirping and the button is showing the AED is not working, it could be the battery needs to be replaced, or there may be an additional issue with the AED. 

What is the biggest issue that would cause an AED not to work properly? 

First, always replace your pads and batteries before their expiration dates.  The AED pads and batteries are usually good for 2-5 years, depending on the AED brand.  Please write the expiration dates on a check card and keep it with the AED.  Expired pads and batteries are the number one reason an AED may not work properly during an emergency. 

The other issues will be how many times the AED has been dropped, gotten wet, or been banged around.  AED’s are very durable but may start to malfunction after a lot of wear and tear.

 What do I do if the AED needs service? 

Please call us to coordinate service.  Our phone number is 1-800-441-8378.  We will try to diagnose the issue on the phone with you.  If it is determined you need to send it in for repair, we will arrange to have your AED sent to the manufacture if it is still under warranty.  If it is out of warranty, then we will have our Bio-meds assess the issue and repair the problem if it is cost effective to do so.  . 

What do I need to do to purchase an AED or replace my older unit? 

We have a professional staff trained in all makes and models of AED’s to help you determine which one is the best for you and your business.  We will advise you based on your type of business, budget, how often you may use it, and who may be using the AED (someone trained or untrained). 

We also offer special pricing for Trade-Ins, if you are replacing your older units.

Please visit our site at or call us anytime with questions at 1-800-441-8378.  


Greater Access to AED’s Will Save Thousands of Lives Each Year.

Greater Access to AED’s Will Save Thousands of Lives Each Year.

Greater access to AED’s will save thousands of lives each year.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects over 300,000 people per year, and is the leading cause of death among adults over 40 years old. SCA  causes more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle accidents and diabetes, combined.


The odds of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest without an AED is almost zero. A person’s chances of survival goes down 10% for every minute that passes without the use of an AED. Even the fastest Paramedics may take 10-15 minutes to get to an emergency, which is still too much time to save someone from SCA.

An AED is a small, lightweight device that allows anyone to treat sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the victim's chest, and ideally, re-starting his or her heart to a normal rhythm again. Anyone can use an AED with or without training. The AED will “talk” you through the process with voice prompts that are clear and easy to follow. There is also no danger of harming a patient who might not need defibrillation because an AED will diagnoses the rhythm and respond appropriately.  

We know that AED’s are expensive, which makes it difficult for some businesses to afford one. AED Market offers both new and recertified/refurbished units at a reduced cost, which should give more organizations a chance to fit an AED into  their budget.

Please visit or call 1-800-441-8378 with any questions. 

How to use an AED

How to use an AED

 Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone anytime.  It is crucial that the person gets help immediately.  The only thing that will pull someone out of SCA is an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).  An AED is a portable device that will check the heart's rhythm and can send an electrical shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

These are the steps on how to use an AED in the correct way to save a persons life. It could be scary for someone who has never used it before, but the AED is made to verbally walk you through the steps without any experience needed. 

  1. Call 911
  2. Turn on the AED and follow the visual and/or audio prompts.
  3. Open or cut the person's shirt to expose bare skin. If the person's chest is wet, dry it. 
  4. AEDs have sticky pads with sensors called electrodes. Apply the electrode pads to the person's chest as pictured on the AED pad package. Place one pad on the right center of the person's chest above the nipple. Place the other pad slightly below the other nipple and to the left of the rib cage.
  5. The AED will then start to Analyze the patient and check to see if a shock is needed.
  6. If a shock is needed, the AED will instruct you stop touching the patient and move clear. 
  7. If it is an automatic AED, the AED will then shock the patient. If it is a Semi-Automatic AED, it will tell you to push the shock button if a shock is needed. 
  8. Begin CPR after delivering the shock. Or, if no shock is advised, begin CPR. Perform 2 minutes (about 5 cycles) of CPR and continue to follow the AED's prompts. If you notice obvious signs of life, discontinue CPR and monitor breathing for any changes in condition.                   

    Please visit our website for more information 

    This is a general instructional video on how an AED works. 






    Should Your Church Have an AED?

    Should Your Church Have an AED?

    Should your Church have an AED?    

         There are 1000s of churches around the county today. Although churches aren’t required to have a automated external defibrillator (AED), its always a good idea to have one on hand in case someone needs immediate medical assistance.

         At church, you may not consider the possibility of someone going in to cardiac arrest, but in reality it can happen to anyone at any given time. You should always be prepared and have an AED on hand to be safe with a large amount of people together. At church it's not just the service, it’s the extracurricular activities held, midweek services, and even summer camps for the kids. Every year more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States. More than a quarter of these people fail to make it, because of the lack of proper medical equipment. It could be at a grocery store, school, family gathering or even a church.  You never know when it can happen.

    Can anyone at a church use an AED?

         AEDs are made for anyone to use with or without any medical training. While using the AED, the AED itself gives you verbal instructions on what to do and how to use it in an emergency. It may sound stressful to someone who has never used or even seen an AED before, but once you push the button on the AED to start, it will walk you through from start to finish. 

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    Top 10 Reasons to Purchase an AED

    Top 10 Reasons to Purchase an AED

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone anytime.  It is crucial that the person gets help immediately.  The only thing that will pull someone out of SCA is an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).  An AED is a portable device that will check the hearts rhythm and can send an electrical shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm

    These are our top 10 reasons you or your business should purchase an AED. 

    10. AED's are easy to use.  They look intimidating, but because of the simple voice prompts and fool proof way they work, anyone can use them, even if you are untrained!

    9. An Ambulance may not get there fast enough. The survival rate of a victim goes down 10% every minute without the use of an AED. 

    8. CPR is not enough.  If someone goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR will help pump blood throughout the body, but it will not start the heart functioning properly again.  Only an AED can put the heart back to a normal rhythm. 

     7. Easy to maintain.  AED's require very little maintenance.  We even email you reminders when your pads and batteries are expiring. 

    6. An AED will only shock if necessary.  AED's will evaluate a patient's heart and will know if they need to be shocked or not.  It will not shock a patient if they do not need one. 

    5. You won't be liable if you use an AED.  Anyone who uses an AED is covered under the "Good Samaritan Law"   

    4. Prepare for the unexpected.  We hope you never have to use an AED.  Nobody knows when and who will suffer from a Cardiac Arrest, but everyone needs to be prepared. 

    3. AED's are small, portable, and convenient.  

    2. AED's are required for many types of businesses.  Please check out your state's requirements.... State Requirement page, click here.... 

    1. has many affordable choices.  We will answer all of your questions and ensure that you are completely prepared for an emergency. Our phone number is 1-800-441-8378, please call us anytime. 

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