With an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) anyone can help save a life as it is a life-saving medical device that comes with responsibility. It needs to be rescue-ready at all times and to deliver fast treatment in order to maximise chance of survival! We take this responsibility very seriously. First responders should be able to rely on the device and trust that the technology will deliver what it is designed for.
The following criteria are key when selecting an AED (Automated External Defibrillator):
Reliability – Who is the manufacturer? Is the technology proven? History of problems with batteries and pads? Failed attempts to charge and deliver shock?
Safety – Built-in security systems that provide complete safety of operations, and prevent any damage to a cardiac arrest patient - even when used by a layperson.
Speed - During a cardiac arrest, fast defibrillation of the heart is crucial for patient survival.
Ease-of-Use - Even people with no training should be able to use the AED confidently. It should be easy to use, providing clear and simple instructions.
Based on this criteria, we have chosen the Philips HeartStart defibrillator. It’s reliable - providing the confidence needed to help save a life.
Philips Healthcare is a global AED market leader and is well-known for its quality and R&D investments. More than 2 Million AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) have been sold worldwide. Studies have proven that the HeartStart defibrillator is designed to be the easiest to use and most reliable.1-5 It is among the fastest in its class with confident shock delivery within 8 seconds. Effective analysis and shock delivery is proven by more than 40 published, peer-reviewed studies.2 The HeartStart AED performs more than 80 self-tests, including pads presence and function. It features pacemaker detection and is safe to use on conductive surfaces.
LIFE GUIDANCE, GUIDES YOU THROUGH A CARDIAC EMERGENCY.
Philips AEDs are designed with Life Guidance, a simple step-by-step process designed to help you act confidently and decisively.
Life Guidance acts as your personal coach to guide you through a cardiac emergency, including detailed CPR coaching. If needed, the prompts will automatically be repeated or rephrased, and may include additional instructions to help you understand.
SMART analysis automatically assesses the victim’s heart rhythm. Whether the victim is a man, woman, or child, it delivers the right amount of therapy when needed. Even if you press the shock button, it will only deliver therapy if the rhythm is determined to be shockable.
QUICK SHOCK REDUCES THE CRITICAL TIME FROM CPR TO SHOCK.
Studies show that minimising time to shock after CPR may improve survival.6-10 With patented Quick Shock, HeartStart is among the fastest in its class at delivering shock treatment after CPR, typically in just eight seconds
A high current with low energy delivers the right shock every time. The two most common ways to talk about AED shock strength are by current (measured in amps) and energy (measured in joules). It is a common assumption that energy is the most important measurement but that is incorrect. You defibrillate a heart by driving current through it.
HeartStart AEDs are designed to deliver high current in their low-energy shocks to maximise effectiveness from the very first shock dose.
Both the HeartStart HS1 and FRx are made for people who have never used a public defibrillator before.
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