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An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that delivers an electrical charge to a patient who is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
The electrical charge is pre-set, and will only be administered by the device if the fatal arrhythmia is detected. The device will not shock a patient who is not experiencing this fatal arrhythmia.
Early use of an AED in coordinated effort with Early 911, early CPR, and early Advanced Life Support greatly improves the chance of survival from SCA.
We are an authorized distributor for the following manufacturers:
- Powerheart G3 Plus AED
- Powerheart G3 AED
- Powerheart G3 Pro AED
- Lifeline AED
- Lifeline View AED
- Samaritan PAD AED
- LIFEPAK CR Plus AED
- LIFEPAK CR Express AED
- LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator
- LIFEPAK 20 Defibrillator
- LIFEPAK 15 Defibrillator
- FRx AED
- OnSite AED
- FR2 AED
- AED Plus
- AED Pro
Each model has unique features. Please contact us for details on these potentially life saving devices and AED Programs.
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AEDs require current electrodes and batteries to function properly. Their useful lives, related costs, and manufacturers warranties vary among models. HeartAED stocks these items at our Michigan location. Our pricing is very competitive.
Electrodes must be placed on the patient’s bare chest as indicated for the AED to analyse the heart rhythm and determine if a shock is necessary. The shock is adminstered by the AED through the electrodes.
Electrodes have expiration dates due to the adhesive breaking down and corrosion of the metal. Good skin contact and conduction is imparetive for the effectiveness of the AED.
Child Electrodes or ‘Key’:
Child electrodes are to be used with an AED for Children between the ages of 1 and 8 years. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends the use of an AED on a child of that age if after two minutes of CPR, the child remains unconscious and not breathing normally.
Some child electrodes are smaller in size and include an attenuator to reduce the energy. Other child electrodes/or ‘child key’ indicate for the AED to reduce the energy.
The AHA further states if child electrodes are not available, adult electrodes can be used. “Ideally” child electrodes should be used.
This created an inconsistency between the AHA and the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA). The FDA approved the use of many AEDs on children ages 1 to 8 years only with Child Electrodes.
AEDs are powered usually powered by non-rechargeable batteries. In most AEDs, these replaceable batteries supply the power to run routine maintenance tests and supply the energy to deliver the appropriate shock.
Battery life various among manufacturers.
- Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED
- Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Plus AED
- Medtronic Physio-Control LIFEPAK 500 AED
- Medtronic Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR PlusExpress AED
- Philips HeartStart FR2Plus Defibrillator
- Philips HeartStart FRx Defibrillator
- Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator
- Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defribillator Administrators Guide
- Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defribillator Operators Guide
- Zoll AED Pro Automated External Defribillator Operators Guide
- Cardiac Science Warranty Information
- Heartsine Warranty Information
- Phillips FRx, OnSite and FR2 Warranty Information
- Physio Control