Category Archives: AED Accessories

Heart Attack vs Cardiac Arrest – Do you know how to help?

Jeff Rossen using an AED Trainer on the Today Show.
Jeff Rossen using an AED Trainer on the Today Show.

Thank you to Jeff Rossen on the Today show for featuring Automated External Defibrillators and CPR and bringing public awareness to the importance of these life-saving devices (video featured here). At AED.com, part of our mission is to educate the public on recognizing Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the awareness of AEDs, performing bystander CPR before the paramedics arrive and using the defibrillator to shock the victim when needed. Continue reading Heart Attack vs Cardiac Arrest – Do you know how to help?

Cardiac Science Warns Against 3rd Party Pad Providers

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Cardiac Science sent out a correspondence to all Powerheart G3 AED owners last week warning of the use of off-brand electrodes with their AED. They stated that these third-party pads had not been officially tested, therefore were not approved for use with the Powerheart G3 AED. If a consumer does use a set of off-brand pads with the Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 AED, several reprecussions take place: Continue reading Cardiac Science Warns Against 3rd Party Pad Providers

Replacing A Not So Life-Saving AED

Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.
Some AEDs on the market, such as those pictured here are no longer being produced or supported by the manufacturer.

When was the last time the Automated External Defibrillator in your school or office was checked for expired electrodes or battery? If the AED unit is older than 10 years, it may be time to trade-in your old unit for a device you can be sure will perform properly when needed. 7th grader Nate Wick of Sioux Falls is thankful that the school AED his basketball coaches used on him had been up to date to deliver the shock that saved his life. Continue reading Replacing A Not So Life-Saving AED

What Is Involved In Maintaining An AED?

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AEDs, while easy to use, require ongoing management and maintenance. The majority of malfunctions in AEDs are due to improper maintenance or battery failure. In addition to training volunteers, a well-designed AED Program includes testing and maintaining your device(s) – a critical and overlooked factor in deploying AEDs in organizations. Whether you have 1 AED, or are a large organization with multiple AEDs deployed, you should have a Medical Oversight and Management program in place. Taking this step ensures that your AED(s) are always maintained, in compliance, registered with local EMS, and are ready for use should they be called upon. Continue reading What Is Involved In Maintaining An AED?

Saving Money or Saving Lives

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Occasionally we have customers that question whether they actually need to replace the electrode pads upon reaching expiration or if the pads will still work for another year or so. Last week, we received an AED unit from a customer with a dead battery and electrodes that were expired and tore apart upon opening the package. If a unit will not turn on due to battery failure, it’s obvious that the unit will not function in an emergency—but what about the electrodes? Continue reading Saving Money or Saving Lives