Do you find yourself asking, "What AED should I buy?" Purchasing an AED for your business or home is a life saving decision. CPR Savers and First Aid Supply has gathered all the information you need to make an informed choice.
Automatic external defibrillators, more commonly referfed to as AEDs, are rapidly becoming common in workplaces, public buildings, and even homes. All the AEDs we carry are ideal for ANY location! What you are searching for is unique features, such as ECG display and prompt type, IP rating if you are looking to place the AED near a pool or outside, and of course, price point. All of our AEDs are backed by at least a 5 year warranty, and come with start up accessories, such as pads and batteries.
If you are looking to become more familiar with AEDs and CPR, check out our selection of AED Trainers.
You can review the AED Comparison Chart below regarding some key differences in the most popular AEDs, as well as the AED Buying Guide for more in depth information, as well as a break down of the vocabulary.
Click any AED picture to be taken to the individual information page for that particular AED! For more information regarding AEDs, refer to the more extensive PDF version of our AED Comparison Chart.
AED Buying Guide
What is the "IP Rating"?
The IP Rating (or Ingress Protection Rating) "classifies and rates the degrees of protection against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact, water in mechanical casings and with electrical enclosures." On our comparison chart, the code will start out with IP (international protection), the first number will be "solid particle protection level," and the second number will be "water protection level." All of our AED’s are tested against water and solid particles (dust) on the following scales:
Liquid ingress protection
0 Not protected
1 Dripping water shall have no harmful effect.
2 Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tiled at an angle up to 15° from its normal position.
3 Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.
4 Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
5 Water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
6 Water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
7 Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time.
8 The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer.
Solid particle protection
0 No protection against contact and ingress of objects.
1 Any large surface of the body, such as the back of the hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part.
2 Fingers or similar objects.
3 Tools, thick wires, etc.
4 Most wires, screws, etc.
5 Dust protected. Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
6 Dust tight. No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact.
What does AED stand for?
CPR Savers & First Aid Supply offers Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as lifesaving devices to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. These defibrillators are designed to quickly and easily provide an electric shock that restores the victim’s normal heart rhythm.
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States -- accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year. Without treatment, SCA will lead to death within minutes. To ensure the highest chance of survivability, one must immediately call the local emergency number, start CPR, and use an AED. Thankfully, the field of science has made the technology within automated external defibrillators easy to use, accurate, and highly effective. They were designed for those who do not have first responder training, but become that much more effective when coupled with a basic AED or CPR class.
Is CPR or AED training required to operate an AED?
Some states require it, others do not, either way it is recommended. Please contact us for a quote at training@CPR-savers.com.
What is the difference between Semi-Automatic, Automatic, and Semi-Automatic with Manual Override?
All AEDs will automatically determine whether or not a shock is needed. Semi-Automatic AEDs will prompt the user to press the shock button, whereas Automatic AEDs will use a countdown or voice commands for the user, and will deliver the shock when it is needed. Fully automatic models were designed for those who may hesitate in a stressful time. AEDs with the manual override option are generally used by healthcare professions. All types of AEDs are effective and safe to use.
What is a Biphasic Waveform (Shock Type)?
Biphasic defibrillation "alternates the direction of the pulses, completing one cycle in approximately 10 milliseconds." The biphasic waveform decreases the energy needed for successful defibrillation, in turn decreasing burns and myocardial damage.
What is Escalating Energy?
An AED with escalating energy will, after the first shock, deliver each successive shock with higher energy. A non-escalating AED will deliver the same energy level shock each time. The FDA endorses both kinds of AEDs.
What are the differences between the Rescue Prompt Types?
There are various ways an AED can help you through a rescue. Newer models may prompt you through video and text display screens. Some models have LED indicators and voice commands to help the user perform the operations quickly and easily.
What is an ECG Display?
ECG (electrocardiogram) is a cardiac test that determines heart rate, heart rhythm, whether there are conduction abnormalities, whether there has been a prior heart attack, and whether there may be coronary artery disease. Some of our newer AEDs have a screen to display the ECG waveforms.
What is the Pediatric Capability?
All of our AEDs are safe to use on children (8 years old or 55lbs or less) when the pediatric capability is turned on. Different AEDs have different ways of turning this feature on; some have a "key," while others have special electrode pads.
What does MSRP and MAP stand for?
MSRP stands for Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, MAP stands for Minimum Advertised Price; distributors are required to advertise these prices.