AED USA: Equipment You'll Love
At AED USA, we are dedicated to saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims. We supply new, top quality Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and accessories at affordable prices to organizations and individuals throughout North America.
Our mission is to create awareness about the ease-of-use and availability of AEDs, and to increase their availability in public places, workplaces, and homes. We provide AED Management and Maintenance Compliance programs to protect AED owners and to ensure that their AEDs are rescue ready when called upon to save lives.
What Is an AED Machine?
AED is an acronym for Automated External Defibrillator, a portable medical device that automatically analyzes an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim and delivers a shock of controlled electricity to restore an effective rhythm. AEDs are portable, lightweight, and easy to use. They are the only lifesaving solution available for SCA victims. Spoken prompts and visual displays guide the first responder step by step through the lifesaving process of defibrillation. When administered within the first three to five minutes after SCA strikes, AEDs can significantly improve the rate of survival for SCA victims.
When Was the Defibrillator Invented?
The first modern portable Automated External Defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by Frank Pantridge in Belfast, Ireland. His first design was powered by a car battery and weighed 154 pounds (70kgs). In 1968, Pantridge created his second design which significantly reduced the weight to 6.61 pounds (3kgs).
Although Pantridge created the first modern and portable AED, there is a debate if his invention was actually the first AED. Recorded animal experiments date back to the 18th century to determine the viability of restarting a heart with electricity.
The first successful human heart defibrillation was performed in 1947 by Claude Beck on a 14-year-old boy. The 14-year-old patient suffered from ventricular fibrillation, and was undergoing an 'open-chest' surgery when Dr. Beck restarted his heart successfully.
'Closed-chest' defibrillation was successfully performed nine years later. Dr. Beck and his colleagues were directly instrumental in developing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques in the 1950’s with the Cleveland Heart Society. These efforts were at the foundation of CPR training for both medical professionals, first responders as well as lay persons.
How Does a Defibrillator Work?
AEDs are designed to be user-friendly so that they can be successfully used by a responder with little or no training. A few simple steps are required to potentially save the life of a victim in sudden cardiac arrest.
Most modern AEDs are equipped with streamlined operations and visual as well as voice guided instructions. Each manufacturer of AEDs has a unique form factor with often small but significant differences in terms of how the user interacts with each device. Instructions, even though they are simple and easy to follow, should be carefully followed.
AEDs are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as Class III medical devices for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. The FDA requires a prescription authorizing the purchase or sale of all AEDs in the US. This is the only federal AED law currently in place. Each state issues and regulates their own state laws which adds to the complexity of AED ownership and management. For more information reference our AED State Law database.
AEDs in Schools
The placement of AEDs in schools is not legislated in many states. One of the primary reasons, of course, is cost. AED prices have decreased significantly since the advent of many of these laws, so price is no longer the issue it once was. In addition, we now have so much data to support the efficacy of these devices that it is foolish to think that doing without is even an option. We strongly advise that all schools maintain an AED program and that an ample number of devices are in place to protect children and faculty. SCA can strike anyone at any moment; having an AED available when needed will vastly improve the odds of survival as well as help mitigate claims of negligence in the event of a bad outcome.
AED for Business
It is important to protect your employees and customers as well as create a culture of safety and security in your organization. Perhaps your constituents are at greater risk for SCA. Or, perhaps you are aware now of the fact that anyone, regardless of age or level of physical fitness, can succumb to SCA at any time.
There are no specific common law requirements for AEDs in most businesses. However, this does not mean that business owners should ignore the matter. The absence of these devices could result in additional liabilities for the organization if an employee or other person experiences SCA while on the premises. All information and resources must be taken into account when considering an AED program in the workplace.
The only businesses that are required to provide, perform, or give emergency assistance to people who may be at risk of experiencing a heart attack or who have heart disease are ones that owe a specific duty of care to their clients or customers. Examples include a caretaker, medical specialist, gym (CrossFit etc), and public swimming pools. It is vital to ensure that you consider all necessary information and legislation when making the decision to invest in AED devices or not.
AED Requirements by State
It is essential to realize how many lives one can save through the use of AEDs, whether required by law or not. Trained professionals and ordinary people can learn how to use these devices.
The specific requirements governing AEDs vary from state to state. Laws are often made according to device registration, training, physician oversight, and AED placement requirements. For more information we recommend referencing our AED State Law database.
Locations Where AEDs Are Required
Certain states require that AEDs are made available in the following locations:
- Specific types of new construction areas
- Dental offices - especially if anesthesia is administered
- Facilities or buildings where there are over 300 people - including Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques
- Coal mine operators
- Golf courses
- Jails or prison facilities
- Ocean surf beaches
- Public Swimming Pools
- Gaming and racing facilities
- Optometrists - If anesthesia is administered
- Health clubs
- Dialysis centers
How Many AEDs Are Required in a Building?
There is no standard answer applicable to every building and organization. The purpose of having clearly identified policies and procedures, including AED response time goals, is foundational in AED program creation, but very dynamic in nature. AED Response Time is defined as the amount of time from when a suspected SCA victim collapses or is reasonably identified as a possible SCA victim to the time the AED is first used on that victim. Ensure that all people in the building know where the various AEDs are positioned with an AED wall sign.
Types of AED Defibrillator
There are two types of AEDs that can be used to save someone who is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
- Fully automatic
Automated External Defibrillator
Fully automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are able to monitor the heart's rhythm and automatically perform the shock if the device's software calls for it. It does not require the user to initiate any action. These are often a great option for anyone who wants to learn how to use one of these devices.
Conversely semi-automatic defibrillators (AEDs) work just like their fully automatic counterpart with one big exception. The semi-automatic machine does NOT automatically administer the shock. Instead, the device gives a sign to the user to deliver the defibrillation shock. Often times medical professionals are more comfortable utilizing these devices.
AEDs For Sale
There are 6 US manufacturers of AED devices. AED USA provides a full array of options from these manufacturers.
Physio-Control, owned by Stryker, manufactures the LifePak line of AEDS which features the same advanced technology trusted by emergency medical professionals. These life-saving devices balance ease-of-use, speed to rescue, and some of the best technology in the industry, with the capability of delivering up to 360 joules of energy for hard to defibrillate victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
AED USA offers the following LifePak devices:
- Physio-Control Lifepak CR2 AED
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus AED Fully Automatic
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus AED Semi-Automatic
- Physio-Control LIFEPAK Express Semi-Automatic
HeartSine, also owned by Stryker, offers industry-leading value and environmental protection, all in an easy-to-operate system. The Heartsine Samaritan is also much lighter (2.4 lbs) and smaller than other defibrillators and offers the highest level of protection against dust and water. Their devices are user friendly, offering easy-to-understand visual and voice prompts to guide the user through the entire resuscitation process including CPR.
AED USA offers the following HeartSine devices:
- HeartSine Samaritan 350P AED
- HeartSine Samaritan 360P AED
- HeartSine Samaritan 450P AED
- HeartSine Samaritan 350P AED Aviation
- HeartSine Samaritan 360P AED Aviation
- HeartSine Samaritan 450P AED Aviation
Cardiac Science, which is now owned by Zoll, makes the Powerheart family of AEDs, featuring advanced lifesaving technology. This includes automatic shock delivery, CPR prompts, vigorous daily self-testing, as well as high tolerance to dust and water. Cardiac Science devices feature customizable escalating energy, faster shock times, and dual-language capability.
AED USA offers the following Cardiac Science devices:
- Cardiac Science G3 AED Fully Automatic
- Cardiac Science G3 AED Semi-Automatic
- Cardiac Science G5 AED Fully Automatic
- Cardiac Science G5 Semi-Automatic
Undoubtedly the most well-known brand among US manufacturers of AEDs is Philips, whose devices were created with ease of use in mind and are simple enough so that anyone can use them (even those with no experience). Features include easy-to-follow automated instructions, quick access to pads and batteries, self-checking functionality, and clearly defined buttons and usage.
AED USA offers the following Phillips devices:
- Phillips HeartStart OnSite AED with Slim Carry Case
- Phillips HeartStart FRx AED
- Phillips FR3 Text Display AED with Soft Small Case
Defibtech manufactures the Lifeline AEDs which include all mission critical features necessary to provide the most advanced treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Their devices are known for being simple, straightforward and intuitive as well as extremely durable and rugged. The entire Lifeline product line uses biphasic technology to deliver shocks and save lives.
AED USA offers the following Defibtech devices:
- Defibtech Lifeline AED Semi Automatic
- Defibtech Lifeline AED Fully Automatic
- Defibtech Lifeline View AED
- Defibtech Lifeline AED Semi Automatic - High Capacity Battery
Zoll AEDs are designed with lay rescuers in mind. Their devices include Real CPR Help technology, which prompts the user step-by-step through the rescue, providing real-time CPR feedback on the depth and rate of chest compressions to help the rescuer deliver high-quality CPR. Zoll AEDs also boast among the lowest costs of ownership in the industry.
AED USA offers the following Zoll devices:
- Zoll AED Plus Fully Automatic
- Zoll AED Plus Semi-Automatic
- Zoll AED Plus Semi-Automatic
- Zoll AED 3 Fully Automatic
AED USA has a wide variety of AED accessories to complement your device.
Fully functioning AED pads are crucial for any automated external defibrillator. These accessories are what deliver the shock as they link the machine to the victim's chest. We offer pads from all 6 US manufacturers. AED Pads cannot be used more than once which is why it is prudent to have replacement pads on hand. Device owners or managers must also track AED pad expiration dates and replace expired pads as needed. As a customer of AED USA, we will automatically track your pad expiration dates and serve up replenishment reminders as needed.
Like any portable electronic device, AEDs have batteries which must be maintained. At AED USA we offer batteries for all 6 US manufacturers. Device owners or managers must track AED battery expiration dates and replace device batteries as needed. As a customer of AED USA, we will automatically track your battery expiration dates and serve up replenishment reminders as needed.
A few important factors to note with regards to AED batteries:
- Always note the date of installation
- Perform monthly readiness checks at a minimum to ensure the battery is functioning
- Expired batteries should be recycled
AED cases or cabinets are essential for keeping your device protected. We offer a variety of cases and cabinets to ensure that your machine is protected from general wear and tear that occurs in most environments. The high-quality cases and cabinets that we offer ensure that your defibrillator is ready to perform optimally when needed.
AED USA offers a variety of hand sanitizing station options to ensure that everything is done hygienically and safely. It is vital to remember basic safety measures, such as sanitizing, when performing first aid and CPR. This prevents further complications or risks. We offer touch-free, scented, and unscented sanitizers.
AED USA provides classroom and blended first aid, CPR, and AED training certification and resources and is an authorized Medic First Aid Training Facility. Our blended program integrates an onsite instructor-led skills assessment and coaching with self-paced training all of which is conducted by an authorized Medic trainer. Our classroom training takes place on-site at your business or at another designated location.
Individual Certification lasts for 2 years and we can manage those expiration dates for you so that you can worry about other aspects of your job. Our proprietary AED Notification System will automatically notify both parties when certification is set to expire so that we can work together to make sure that all employees that need recertification receive timely training. Call us today if you need certification or re-certification for you or your employees.
It is essential to learn how and when to utilize an AED during CPR. An AED is frequently needed during CPR to help regain the heartbeat's natural rhythm and to protect the victims' heart. In general, CPR should be performed if the patient is non-responsive and not breathing and an AED should be applied after CPR is performed. The cycle should be repeated if one can see that there is still no response. While it is crucial to learn CPR as well as when to utilize an AED, it is vital for you or someone else to call 911 immediately upon arriving on the scene. Call us today so that you can join our AED program and receive the necessary training on how to perform CPR, utilize the AED and hopefully save a life.
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the among the most common causes of death in the USA each year and can strike anyone at any time. For this reason, it is essential to gain the knowledge and acquire the resources to deal with an SCA occurrence at work, at home or in a public place.
AED USA strives to be the premiere source of information and resources in the US related to Automated External Defibrillators. Call us today if you need to purchase an AED or an AED accessory or if you would like to join our AED program. Let us help you save a life.