An automated external defibrillator or AED has much more influence on the chance of survival of patients with cardiac arrest than resuscitation.
A defibrillator is most effective immediately after a cardiac arrest. The average ambulance response time is 11 minutes, while brain damage generally occurs within the first five minutes. This means that having a publicly accessible AED can be the difference between life and death.
It can and will save lives
Each year cardiac arrest kills many people in the world as colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack and can be caused by a number of factors, including cardiac arrhythmias, electrocution, suffocation, drowning, and trauma. This means that anyone, including children, can have a cardiac arrest, regardless of general health status or age.
An AED can be used safely on children using pediatric pads. A cardiac arrest causes the heart to stop abruptly. The shocks delivered by an automated external defibrillator restart the heart to a normal rhythm. The AED can read the patient’s heart rhythm. For example, someone who has no cardiac arrest will not be shocked either.
Is an AED accessible to public institutions?
Purchasing an AED generally costs between € 1000 and € 2000. Depending on maintenance and replacement costs for the batteries and the electrodes, one device could last longer than a device with a lower purchase price. Because the batteries have to be replaced once every four years, and the electrodes a little faster, it is a good idea to make a maintenance plan.
A few examples;
This is what distinguishes the AED Plus defibrillator: the case provides high protection against dust and water. The device is equipped with a metronome. The electrodes have a longer life and the device has CPR feedback. Excluding VAT this device costs € 1,349.00.
The Philips Heartstart HS1 has the following advantages; it is easy to use and has an information key. With 1.5 kg it is particularly light. The company also provides a training device so that staff can learn how to use the device. It costs excluding VAT, € 1,049.00.
The DefiSign LIFE is especially easy to use. The company gives a 10-year guarantee on the device.