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Our AED Recommendations

Updated: August  25, 2023

Should you have an AED at Home?

“We sell AED’s because they save lives.  AED’s are the changemakers in resuscitation scenarios.  By change-maker, we mean that they change outcomes.  CPR generally will extend the window of opportunity during which a person is savable.  More precisely, this would be the time during which they can still be cardioverted, or ‘shocked back to life’.  This “window of opportunity” can easily pass waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Having an automated external defibrillator (AED) at home can be beneficial in case of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and situations that lead to it. SCA is a life-threatening condition that can occur when the heart suddenly stops beating due to an abnormal heart rhythm. An AED is a portable electronic device that can analyze a person’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm.

Reasons why you should have a home AED:

    1. Quick response time: In the event of SCA, the quicker the response time, the better the chances of survival. Having an AED at home means that you can start treatment immediately, and potentially defibrillate while they’re still in that that savable window, all before emergency medical services (EMS) arrive.
    2. Easy to use: AEDs are designed to be easy to use, even for people with little or no medical training. The device provides clear voice prompts that guide the user through the steps of placing the pads on the chest and delivering a shock if needed.  The only two steps to using any AED are: 1) Turn it on  2) Follow the audible prompts
    3. Cost-effective: An AED can be a cost-effective investment in your family’s health and safety. The cost of an AED has come down significantly in recent years, and there are many affordable options available.
    4. Peace of mind: Having an AED at home can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Knowing that you are prepared in case of an emergency can help to alleviate anxiety and stress, both of which are factors potentially leading to heart attacks.
    5. Health conditions: If you or a family member has a history of heart disease or other cardiac conditions, having an AED at home can be particularly important. It can provide an added layer of protection and help to ensure that you are prepared in case of a sudden cardiac event.
    6. Safe Travels: AEDs are easy to travel with and can provide all the same benefits to you, and those around you, while away from home.

    While having an AED at home can be beneficial, it’s important to remember that AEDs are not a substitute for emergency medical care. If you or someone else experiences symptoms of a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, call 911 immediately and follow their instructions while waiting for EMS to arrive.