If you own or manage a business, the health and safety of your clientele is more than likely of the utmost importance. In order to protect your customers, employees and visitors, it’s critical to take the necessary measures for emergency preparedness. This may include a variety of standards, practices and protocols, including emergency evacuation routes, fire extinguishers, stocked first aid kits and more.
One important medical device that should be housed at every workplace, whether required or not, is an automated external defibrillator (AED).
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 400,000 episodes of sudden cardiac arrest occur outside of the hospital each year in the United States alone. Only 6% of those affected survive the event.
Fortunately, an AED is a lifesaving device that is designed to offer emergency treatment during a dangerous SCA. This machine guides non-medical professionals with little or no experience using easy and clear prompts to assist a victim safely and effectively. As a result, the need to wait for emergency responders to arrive at the scene on time is eliminated and the SCA victim has a chance of survival.
In the event of a cardiac emergency, the rescuer will place electrode pads on the victim’s exposed chest. Most machines will provide both visual and auditory instructions that will guide the rescuer through these important steps. The device will monitor the victim’s heart rate and, if necessary, administer electric shock to restart or regulate the victim’s heart rhythm.
For some business owners, the decision to purchase an automated external defibrillator is a matter of legal obligation or a state requirement. For many others, it is born from a sense of civic duty and care.
How you choose to prioritize every area of your business can certainly impact your success down the road. Regardless of the reason, these machines can help save lives in critical situations and should be seriously considered for all businesses, large and small.
Laws concerning AEDs for businesses vary by state. In general, most states may require one in each of the following locations:
It is important to research AED legislation for your state in order to determine the most up-to-date and accurate requirements. Fortunately, AED USA makes it easy by providing a state law database as a resource for prospective and current customers.
How much do defibrillators cost? In the past, even the most basic AED machine could cost upwards of $3,000, making it a costly investment for businesses. Today, prices are more affordable, as the technology and availability have continued to improve.
AED USA provides a variety of options for those looking to purchase these machines. Product prices range anywhere from $900 to $2,500, depending on the features you may be looking for in a device.
These are important factors to consider when choosing the right AED model for your location. Other components can determine the price of an AED, including level of shock energy, display options and warranty length. Battery and electrode pad life can also vary greatly from model to model, affecting overall cost.
It’s important to speak with a trained professional who can educate you on the various features and help you determine the ideal selection based on your needs. Be sure to ask about current discounts and coupons as well!
Keep in mind that the machine itself is not the only cost associated with an AED purchase. You’ll also need to consider some important accessories to keep it functional and accessible. For added convenience, AED USA offers packages for many models to save on up-front expenses while ensuring you have everything you need to operate your AED properly.
The pads attached to the victim’s chest are one-time use and usually expire within 2 years. Many professionals recommend keeping a minimum of two sets with each device. Prices vary based on brand and model, and can range from approximately $50 to $250 per set. Just as with AED machines, the size, features and shelf life can also determine the cost. It is important to note that electrode pads expire, and must be replaced immediately if this occurs.
Because an AED is a remote, wireless device when in use, batteries are used to power the machine. The type of battery required is determined by the brand and model. Some devices can operate on traditional 9 volt or lithium batteries, while others require specific AED batteries.
Costs can range from a few dollars to a few hundred. It is important to note the shelf life and expiration date of the batteries, as these will need to be replaced promptly. In addition, you should follow the instructions for battery recharge or replacement after each use.
AEDs should be stored properly in a safe location. This helps prevent damage to the device and accessories while making them easy to locate and access. If possible, it’s best to mount the AED on a wall where it is prominently displayed so that it can be quickly found during an emergency.
This secure storage solution also helps protect the device from unnecessary wear and tear, which may occur if it is frequently handled or moved around without care.
If a wall mount is not an option or the device needs to be transported, carrying cases should be used to properly store all equipment and accessories. Be sure to choose an option that fits your chosen AED model and comes with ample storage for batteries, electrode pads and any other items that should be kept nearby.
Important contact information and instructions should also be included. Both options will fall in the $100 to $200 range when purchased individually. However, most AED packages include one or both at an overall lower price.
In the event of a cardiac emergency, trained responders need to act quickly. The stress of the high-pressure situation could make it difficult to track down an AED if it isn’t clearly identifiable. Professional, 3-way wall signs, which cost around $15, can help anyone spot your AED promptly. In addition, individuals who frequent your business can become familiar with the AED’s set location, saving precious time during a dangerous situation.
In order for a defibrillator to work properly, the electrode pads must be attached to bare skin. Depending on the situation, CPR techniques may also need to be deployed. Keeping an emergency response kit nearby can help protect first responders and victims by providing tools and supplies to act with speed and safety so the AED can be properly used. These kits usually cost around $46, depending on the contents and packaging.
While AED’s are designed to guide those without medical experience, training is always recommended. Training programs that fit your company’s size, needs and schedule are available everywhere, and range from $300 to $700.
Blended training, which is less expensive, allows users to train digitally on any computer or mobile device, then complete final training and skills checks in person. Classroom training provides users with a traditional, complete in-person experience.
Like any other type of medical equipment, AEDs require maintenance to ensure proper function. Enrolling in a maintenance program takes the hassle and guesswork out of keeping all devices and accessories registered and up to date.
Failure to maintain a properly functioning AED defibrillator could result in serious liability issues in the event of a cardiac emergency on your property. These programs often cost less than $10 a month and help further protect your investment and your business.
AED USA offers AEDMD, a free AED Management program for anybody who purchases AED accessories or AEDs. We will onboard your existing defibrillators, even if you purchased them elsewhere, and maintain them for you free. You will be notified of expiration dates and recalls, and you will receive monthly remote readiness checks for your AEDs to ensure you are legally protected and your AEDs always work properly.
Electrode pads can be disposed of in standard trash receptacles, as they are not considered hazardous waste. However, the components of AED machines and batteries must be properly recycled. While some locations will accept these items for free, others may charge a nominal fee. This will depend on your state and specific waste management regulations, so be sure to research your options once your AED is outdated or no longer functioning properly.
Insurance companies typically do not offer discounts for having an AED machine on site. However, smaller businesses may be able to use it as a negotiation point for coverage options.
On the contrary, failure to keep and maintain a defibrillator device on your property when it is legally required could result in hefty fines and major lawsuits.
If you’re ready to move your business forward while protecting those who enter your doors, it’s time to prepare for an AED defibrillator purchase. At AED USA, our experts are ready to help you find the right training, device, accessories and maintenance programs for your unique needs and situation, all while giving you options to fit your budgetary concerns.
Contact AED USA today to find the answers to your questions as you explore our variety of products and services. The actions you take today aren’t just an investment in your business; they’re critical steps that can help save lives.