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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 www.aedmarket.com 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 www.aedmarket.com 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.                   

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    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. www.aedmarket.com 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. 

    Quick video and instructions on 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 general steps you should go through when you need to use an AED.

    After checking the scene and ensuring that the person needs help, you should ask a bystander to call 911 for help.  If you have the AED with you begin the steps below.  If not, then start CPR and get someone to grab the AED immediately.  As soon as you have the AED, begin the steps below. 

    1. Turn on the AED and follow the visual and/or audio prompts.

    2. Open the person's shirt and wipe his or her bare chest dry. If the person is wearing any medication patches, you should use a gloved (if possible) hand to remove the patches before wiping the person's chest.

    3. Attach the AED pads, and plug in the connector (if necessary).

    4. Make sure no one, including you, is touching the person. Tell everyone to "stand clear."

    5. The AED will now analyze the patients heart rhythm and determine whether or not a shock is advised.

    6. If the AED recommends that you deliver a shock to the person, make sure that no one, including you, is touching the person – and tell everyone to "stand clear." Once clear, press the "shock" button.  If your AED is an automatic model then the AED will deliver the shock on its own without the need to press a button.

    7. 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 call us with any questions. 

    1-800-441-8378 

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    State AED and CPR Requirements

          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. 

         Each state has their own AED requirements.  Some states require AED’s to be available in schools, Federal buildings, health and fitness centers, sports clubs, gambling facilities, nursing homes, and health care centers. There are also many states that require schools to teach CPR to their students.

    Click here to visit our state requirement map.

    The following states require AED’s in public schools:

    1. Alabama
    2. Arkansas
    3. Connecticut
    4. Florida
    5. Georgia
    6. Louisiana
    7. Maryland
    8. North Dakota
    9. Nevada
    10. New York
    11. Tennessee
    12. Oklahoma
    13. Rhode Island
    14. South Carolina
    15. Texas
    16. New Jersey (both private and public schools)
    17. Oregon (both private and public schools) 

    AED’s are strongly recommended for schools in the following states:

    1. California
    2. Colorado
    3. Ohio
    4. Washington 

    The following states require AED’s in Federal buildings:

    1. Arkansas
    2. Arizona
    3. California
    4. North Carolina
    5. Nevada
    6. New York
    7. Oregon
    8. Rhode Island

     

    The following states require AED’s in Fitness Centers/Sports Clubs and gambling (non/health club) facilities:

    1. Arkansas
    2. California
    3. Iowa
    4. Illinois
    5. Indiana
    6. Louisiana
    7. Massachusetts
    8. Maryland
    9. Michigan
    10. Mississippi
    11. New Jersey
    12. New York
    13. Oregon
    14. Pennsylvania
    15. Rhode Island
    16. District of Columbia

     

    CPR Education

    States that require CPR training before high school graduation are depicted in red (**Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation**)

    There may be additional state requirements and guidelines for AED's in your state.  Please click here to visit our State Requirement Map. 

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

    or visit www.aedmarket.com 

     

     

    Can you be held liable if you use an AED?

    Can you be held liable if you use an AED?

    AED’s are wonderful, lifesaving, machines that can start a heart beating again and bring a person back to life. They can also be intimidating for someone to use in an emergency. The last thing a person must be worried about is if there are any liability issues if they were to use the machine on a person who is in cardiac arrest. 

    If you were to use an AED on someone, you will be protected through the Good Samaritan Law.  The Good Samaritan Law has been adopted by every state in America.  Good Samaritan Laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. Its purpose is to keep people from being reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions should they make some mistake in treatment. So please use the AED with confidence and know you are being protected by the Good Samaritan Law. 

    There are, however, incidences where a company may be open to liability if they are required by law to have, and properly maintain an AED on their premises, and do not have one. Every state has their own requirements.  You can check to see if your business is required to have an AED by clicking the link below and going to your specific state.    

    Click here to check your State Requirements. 

    Please call with any additional questions, or to purchase an AED.

    1-800-441-8378 or email: info@aedmarket.com 

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    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

         October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, which means that it is our responsibility to educate as many people as possible about what Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is and what to do if someone goes into SCA.

         Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs within minutes and does not last more than 10-15 minutes during which if immediate assistance is not provided, the victim could die. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart. This malfunction causes the heart to beat irregularly, a condition which is known as Arrhythmia. Due to this disruption in the normal pattern of pumping blood, the heart is unable to supply blood to the brain and other body parts. This puts the person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in a very crucial and life-threatening situation.

         Heart conditions and complications often have similar symptoms. This is why many people often think that a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is similar to a heart attack. However, both the conditions are very different from each other. Their risk factors, causes, and treatment options are distinct as well.

          Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone anytime.  It is absolutely 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. 

         Below is a chart that shows the longer it takes to get an AED to a patient, the chances of survival goes does down exponentially.  It is important to have an AED where it is easy to get to and that everyone knows its location in case of an emergency.

     Please call us at 1-800-441-8378 with any questions or visit our website at www.aedmarket.com.

     

    References

     

    American Heart Association - How is a Heart Attack Different From an SCA:

    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/AboutHeartAttacks/Heart-Attack-or-Sudden-Cardiac-Arrest-How-Are-They-Different_UCM_440804_Article.jsp#.WdTmJ8iGPIU

    

     

    How to Tell If Your Pads and Batteries Have 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 1-800-441-8378 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 1-800-441-8378 for more information.

     

     

     

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