A defibrillator is a small portable machine that allows even those with no medical knowledge to help save a life of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. They can be stored in numerous places such as health centres, supermarkets and schools making them a one of a kind machine.
Thanks to these traits, there is no wonder why business owners throughout the UK are purchasing defibrillators, but with a range of brands and designs to choose from, how do you pick? To help you choose an AED that is suited to your business or organisations, here are our top tips for purchasing a defibrillator:
1. Ease of Use
When faced with an emergency were a defibrillator can be used, the situation may be stressful and chaotic, which is why a defibrillator that provides clear and easy to follow prompts is important. To ensure that anyone can use the machine and provide CPR, even if they have no previous medical training, AEDs that utilise both clear vocal and visual instructions that are easy to follow are vital.
It is important that when it comes to purchasing your new defibrillator that it is supplied with all the accessories that it requires to work correctly. This can include electrodes, batteries and carry cases, without these in a package you may end up paying more for a working defibrillator. Accessories are also sold separately so that if your machine gets used, you can easily replace the parts.
3. Who Will They be Used On?
If you are looking to purchase a defibrillator for a school or an area where small children may regularly be present, then you will need an AED which is able to be used on both children and adults. You can find a number of AED’s such as the CU Medical or Primedi were the electro pads can be used on both adults and children and a switch or key is used to swap to paediatric mode.
4. Semi-Automated or Automated?
Before you purchase a machine, it is important to know the difference between automated and semi-automated AEDs. Where automated machines will automatically shock a patient if they require one, a semi-automated device requires a push button to be pressed by the user before a shock is administrated. They are both just as effective, the automated is just simpler to utilise.
To keep AEDs in the best condition, so that when they need to be used they work correctly, specialist carry cases or wall mounts can also be purchased. These containers are designed to be durable, weather resistant and easy to locate, making them the perfect accompaniment to your new defibrillator.
If you are looking to purchase a defibrillator, then you should choose Risk Assessment Products. All of our leading durable and easy to use AED’s are featured on our website, as well as their discounted prices, so when you choose us, you know you’re getting the best the industry has to offer at great prices.