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AED Cost of Ownership

AED Cost of Ownership

AED Cost of Ownership

When purchasing an AED there are four costs to consider:

1)      Initial Purchase Price

2)      Ongoing Cost of Ownership

3)      Maintenance Costs

4)      Training Costs 

1)  Initial Cost of Ownership

The initial purchase price includes the AED, adult pads, battery, spare pads, fast response kit, perhaps a pediatric key or pediatric pads, and adapter to connect to your local EMS department.  The initial price should also consider where you will place it, be a wall cabinet with alarm, strobe, etc. and signage.

Please download our AED Cost Comparison spreadsheet to see the comparison of the initial purchase price for various AEDs from the following companies: Philips, Physio-Control, Zoll, Cardiac Science, Defibtech and HeartSine.

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 2)  Ongoing Cost of Ownership

The ongoing cost of ownership varies by manufacturer and includes for example:  cost of replacing adult and pediatric pads and batteries as specified by the manufacturer.  Please download our AED Cost of Ownership spreadsheet to see a comparison of the costs of various models of AEDs.  You will see that there is quite a variation in costs.  The Philips FRx for example has a very low cost of ownership, especially if pediatric pads are needed compared to the Cardiac Science Powerheart® G3 which has a much more expensive battery that increases the on-going cost of ownership.

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 3)   Maintenance Costs

An AED should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Each unit is different and maintenance frequency will also depend on the number of self-tests and type of self-tests that the unit does.  Some units require “periodic” checking of the ready light where others state to daily check the status indicator.  Some units do daily self-tests of pads and pad gel moisture while others only check pads are connected. 

Tailor the frequency of checking the AED to your needs.  If an AED is used by professional responders you may need to check them each shift.  Whereas a company that has the AED in a very visible area may only need to check it once a month.

Pads need to be replaced when expired (typically two years) and batteries need to be replaced when the units chirp (typically four years) or other status indicator shows a low battery.

Some AED manufacturers recommend fairly detailed procedures to completely test their units, so follow each manufacturer’s operating instructions.

For more specific information on the operating manuals, Warranty, Self Tests, by AED manufacturer please see links below:

Philips OnSite Owners Manual & Docs,   

Philips FRx Owners Manual & Docs 

Philips FR3 Owners Manual & Docs 

Physio Control CR+ Operating Instructions & Docs  

Physio Control LP1000 Operating Instructions & Docs

Zoll AED Plus Operator's Guide   

Zoll AED Pro Operator's Guide

Cardiac Science Powerheart®  G3 Plus Operating Guide

Defibtech DDU-100 Series Operating Instructions

HeartSine Samaritan PAD Operating Instructions

 4)  Training Costs

While some states no longer require training to use the AED, please review the operating manual of the brand of AED.  Some manufacturers say that the AED should only be used by trained personnel.  We recommend that you train a core group of people on how to do CPR and use the AED when you purchase it, and renew at least every two years after that.

Trained personnel are much more confident and likely to use the AED than someone who has not received training.  Untrained personnel are often fearful that they can hurt someone. The AED will not accidently shock someone and should not charge or deliver a shock unless someone is in a life threatening ventricular fibrillation rhythm.

Recommended courses for lay responders are an American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR/AED course or Red Cross CPR/AED course. The classes typically run about 3 hours and cover adult CPR, choking and how to use the defibrillator. Contact us 1-866-777-8555 or visit American Heart Course Locator to find a class.

 

 

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