Defibrillator guide for first time buyers

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Defibrillator guide for first-time buyers

If you look around you’ll see them everywhere. They usually hang on the walls in airports, lobbies, schools, and other public places, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming more and more prevalent in people’s homes, cars, and offices.

Thanks to some companies pushing the envelope to make defibrillators safer and easier to use, they are now available over the counter without a prescription.

What is a Portable Defibrillator?

Portable defibrillators, also known as automated external defibrillators or AEDs, are devices meant for quick and simple treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. Portable defibrillators can shock an erratic heart back to a regular rhythm.

AEDs can be used by bystanders before medical professionals arrive, though AED training is recommended before use.

Buying a Portable Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined, about 350,000 per year.

It can happen to seemingly healthy people, but those with coronary heart disease and the elderly are at high risk. A family history of arrhythmias or heart-related problems can also indicate a higher risk.

While portable defibrillators have been conclusively shown to save lives, keeping one at home will far from guarantee a positive outcome after an SCA.

Although SCAs can happen anytime, anywhere, 75% of them occur at home. Therefore portable defibrillators for those at high risk should save lives, but it’s not quite that simple.

Our top 6 recommended Defibrillators


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The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P Semi-automatic defibrillator represents great value with a 8-year warranty and IP rating of 56. This unit comes complete with carrying case.


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The Powerheart® AED G5 Automatic is a lightweight and robust defibrillator system, ensuring you reach the patient quickly and efficiently. Because of the RescueCoach™ feature, whether you’ve received AED training or not, there are straightforward instructions that allow the system to be operated by almost anyone.

Its lightweight design and carry handle mean that the Powerheart® AED G5 Automatic can be used in difficult situations, as well as withstanding harsh weather conditions.

The system also self-tests on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, ensuring that everything is in full working order, including the electrical circuitry, AED software, medical-grade battery, and defibrillation pads.

  • Dual language capacity

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The HeartOn A15 AED by Mediana is a cost-effective defibrillator, including a number of fantastic features to help use this system with ease. With a protective outer cover, visual and audio instructions, and bright, LED indicators, this AED is straightforward and simple to use.

  • Cost effective and ready to go
  • Adult / paediatric switch
  • Disposable battery with long shelf life
  • Protective cover
  • Device automatically switches on when cover is lifted

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An ideal system for a public use AED, the iPAD SP1 AED is specifically designed for those who have little to no defibrillator training.

With the end user always in mind, the iPAD SP1 AED is by far one of the most straightforward defibrillators on the market, without lacking on quality. Both voice and visual instructions are provided, talking the individual through each step of this life-saving process. An innovative part of this device is that the voice instructions can adjust to background noise, ensuring that instructions aren’t missed.

The iPAD SP1 AED can also switch from adult to paediatric easily, which saves time in an emergency situation.

  • Can switch easily between adults and children
  • Voice instructions that adjust to noise levels
  • Developed with end user in mind
  • Easy to use by almost anyone
  • Ideal for public areas

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Categories: Defibrillators, First Aid, ZOLL AED

The ZOLL semi- automatic AED Plus defibrillator for lay rescuers was designed with users in mind and was the first AED to provide Real CPR Help®. Ensuring rescuers know when they are achieving high quality


Today, ZOLL AED Plus continues to set the benchmark for design, dependability, durability, and performance


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Categories: Defibrillators, First Aid, ZOLL AED

Designed for lay rescuers, the High-resolution colour touchscreen LCD display has; easy-to-follow graphics,

Programme Management, and Real CPR Help® providing real-time visual and audible feedback on the rate and depth of chest compressions.

Supplied with:

• ZOLL AED 3 Battery Pack Disposable lithium Ion (up to 5 years standby time)

• CPR Uni-padz® Universal (Adult/Paediatric) electrodes (5-year shelf life).

• Rescue Accessory Pack containing scissors, nonlatex gloves, barrier face shield, medi-swab and towelette.

• One free year of PlusTrac, Operator’s Manual, Quick Start Guide, and Rescue Reference Poster.

• 6-year standard warranty (additional 2 years with registration).

Our conclusion.

Of the above, we recommend the following for Best value, All-rounder and Our best pick.

  • Best Value – Heartsine Samaritan PAD 350p Semi-Automatic
  • All Rounder – Mediana HeartOn A15 AED Defibrillator
  • Our Best pick – ZOLL AED 3 Semi-Automatic

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