In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, automated external defibrillators (or AEDs) could save lives. However, most cases of cardiac arrest happen at home or in public places. As such, often the sufferers can’t be saved because devices aren’t readily available.
The solution is for businesses, government officials and homeowners to start keeping AED equipment nearby in every possible location. If you are considering purchasing a defibrillator for your home, organization or business, here are four criteria you should use for your purchase.
1) Make Sure Each Vendor is FDA Approved & Authorized.
First and foremost in terms of importance is being able to count on your AED if it is ever needed. The best way to know that you will be getting an efficient, high-quality machine is to shop only with dealers that are authorized. Also, make sure that the tools they are selling are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Better Business Bureau members with high ratings that also meet the above criteria are probably some of your safest bets.
2) Ensure There is a Range of Products to Choose From.
Periodically, there are articles in the media about certain brands or models of AEDs malfunctioning in a time of need. If this is something that concerns you, it is best to shop with web-based stores that offer a range of products.
Some top manufacturers of these devices include Medtronic, Philips, Cardiac Science, Zoll, HeartSine and others. You may also want to choose your item based on its features, portability and design. Ease of use can vary for each individual and each device, so it’s a good idea to shop around before choosing.
3) Look for Money Back Guarantees & More.
Especially when it comes to a lifesaving device such as this one, being sure that it functions effectively is absolutely necessary. After all, you may be spending more than a thousand dollars on most models. Many products can be tested or can do self-tests daily to ensure proper function.
However, if you receive your item and it does not work the way it should, you are entitled to a 100 percent refund. Make sure that you only shop with those retailers that will give you all of your money back (or exchange your item for another that works correctly, if you prefer that).
Free shipping and discounts for buying in bulk, which may be applicable if you’re ordering for a business or large organization, are also not to be overlooked. With the variety of different vendors you can choose from online, there is no reason to have to buy from those who don’t offer these customer service perks.
4) Shop Where You Can Purchase Accessories.
Finally, you should look for merchants that also offer the accessories you may need to go along with your AED. Some things that you may require down the line include batteries, pads, wall cabinets, oxygen, signage and more.
Justin is the owner and operator of a fitness center, where he has several AEDs available in case of sudden cardiac arrest among his patrons. He has only had to use one of these devices on rare occasions, but knows they have saved lives and are entirely worth having on hand. He hopes others are encouraged to check out online retailers and purchase AEDs for their homes or businesses.