Key considerations when investing in a defibrillator

03/07/19

There are many different defibrillators on the market. This can make choosing a defibrillator an overwhelming and confusing process – finding the devices that best suit your workplace means you need to understand your requirements and which defibrillators can meet them.
Installing a fleet of defibrillators can be pricey too, so it's critical that you invest in the right number of devices that serve the size and layout of your site, the people who may have to use them and the people who may be in need of them.
Following this checklist can help you determine how to safeguard the lives of your employees, efficiently.

Key considerations

  • The layout of your site(s) - we always recommend that a defibrillator can be retrieved within a 90-second brisk walk, therefore it's crucial to recognise:

    • The number of buildings, per site

    • The number of floors per building

    • The floor space and how densely populated an area can be at any given time

    • Areas that can provide unrestricted, clear access to a defibrillator

  • The environment - exposure to the elements can damage a defibrillator and consequentially, damage its performance in an emergency. It's important to invest in defibrillators that are robust, and, if necessary, protective cabinets or cases if they will be exposed to:

    • Dust

    • Moisture

    • Vibrations or movement, such as in a vehicle

  • Staff training - some devices are more intuitive than others, depending on the level of training of your staff, their confidence or whether it may be used by an untrained member of the public, consider whether you need:

    • One or two-button operation

    • Devices that automatically deliver shocks or ones that require manual operation to shock

    • Whether visual or voice prompts, or CPR guidance is necessary

    • Highly visible cabinets or signage that alert passersby to their presence and location

  • The potential victims - devices with a larger impedance range can deliver shocks to more body types than others, and adult defibrillators cannot be used on children under the age of eight. If your device may need to be used on both adults and children, some devices offer a paediatric mode that will accordingly adjust the shock power.

  • What are the maintenance requirements:

    • How often do the pads or batteries need to be replaced?

    • How long is the guarantee?

    • How often do you need to test your devices?

    • Do you need after sales support, third-party inspections or safety tests?  

  • Connectivity - some defibrillators offer WiFi and data connectivity to AED Program Managers that give real-time location, readiness and maintenance reports. If you have a large fleet of defibrillators across many sites, especially, connectivity allows for easier maintenance and ensures the effectiveness of your devices.

  • Leasing or finance - to avoid discrimination of care across your site(s) it's important to roll out a fleet of defibrillators in a short time period. Do you need finance or leasing to achieve this on your budget?

  • Try before you buy - sometimes it's better to get a hands-on feeling for the devices you'd like to install, consider loan or demonstration models to find what best suits the needs of your employees.

At Aero Healthcare, we only supply some of the most advanced, intuitive and effective defibrillators on the market, delivering life-saving shocks in more instances than others.
We understand that not every business has the resources to dedicate many manhours to first aid provision maintenance, researching which products and defibrillators are best suited to their business needs. That's why we're here to make the process more simple.
With our collective expertise and experience in the field, years of market research and dedication to the industry, we know how to safeguard the lives of your employees – it is our mission to provide the needs of society's future.

If you're in need of some support, contact us today on: 0845 604 8280


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