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Can You Buy an AED for Home Use?

Annually, in the United States, 356,000 cases of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest occur. Moreover, 68.5% of the 356,000 cases happen in a person’s home or residence.

These facts beg the question to be answered: Can I buy an AED for home use?

The short answer to if you can have a home AED is yes. However, there are multiple factors that you should consider when buying an AED for your house.

For example, you might wonder if there are certain brands made for the home, or if there is any required training you should take before using your personal AED.

To help you prepare properly, we’ve put together some information to consider when buying an AED for home use below.

Buying a Home AED: Questions and Answers

What Should I Know Before Buying an AED for Home Use?

Generally speaking, AEDs are available for purchase to a wide variety of people. However, it is important to note that these AEDs are manufactured and sold under FDA approved guidelines.

In other words, while an AED might be available for you to purchase, there might be additional requirements you must meet before you can buy it.

The FDA’s guidelines may require some who purchase an AED, especially for home use, to have a physician’s prescription.

A prescription may be required to ensure that the person that is using the AED is doing so responsibly.

Do I Need Training to Use My Personal AED?

If you’ve done your research, you’ve likely learned that many personal and public AEDs are user-friendly and have comprehensive instructions.

So, if an AED is easy to use, why would you need training on how to use it?

An AED operator must be able to recognize a situation when using the AED is necessary.

According to the American Heart Association, an AED operator should know several things when using an AED. This includes warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest, CPR training, and when to activate the Emergency Medical Services system.

For additional information, contact your local EMS system. Your local EMS system can tell you more about any local and state protocols and requirements for using an AED and AED training.

Are There Brands With Home AED Models?

Now that you know about the requirements for buying an AED and training, finding the right AED to buy is your next step.

You must find an AED that will work well for you and in your home before buying it. After all, you may not want to buy a public AED for personal use.

So, what brand of AED is one that you can use at home?

As of 2019, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, or CDRH, approved two Philips AEDs for home use.

Overall, the CDRH’s approval indicates that the HeartStart OnSite and Home are both available as over the counter purchases.

However, the CDRH’s approval also states that the only AED “specifically indicated for home environments” is the Philips HeartStart Home defibrillator.

Are you looking for a home AED that meets your needs and expectations?

Contact Foremost Medical Equipment today and learn about our new and refurbished Philips HeartStart OnSite AEDs.

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Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are amazing devices that have been proven to save lives. Using small adhesive pads with electrodes, AEDs can detect irregular rhythms in the heart and deliver a small electrical shock to restore normal function if necessary.

The brilliance of AED technology hasn’t been overlooked by state governments in the U.S. In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state in the country now has AED requirements of some kind for gyms, restaurants, schools, and even offices.

The fact is if you run a business of any kind, you are going to need an AED. Not only that, because of the proliferation of laws like Arizona Statute A​Z Rev Stat § 36-2263 that requires stringent AED maintenance, you’ll need to consistently ensure your AED is functioning properly.

AED Battery Life: What You Need to Know

The last thing you need is for your AED’s battery to fail during a life or death scenario. So how long do AED batteries last? When should you need to replace yours? Follow along, and we’ll delve into how long AED batteries last and explain when to replace them.

How Long Do AED Batteries Last?

There are two types of AED batteries, rechargeable batteries, and non-rechargeable batteries.

Non-rechargeable batteries are the more common type for businesses because they usually last between 3-5 years, depending on the brand, and require little to no maintenance.

Rechargeable batteries are made of Li-SO2 (Lithium Sulfur Dioxide), which means they can handle higher electrical charges making them ideal for first responders. However, rechargeable AEDs require consistent charging and monthly maintenance. On top of that, the more expensive rechargeable batteries will last, on average, only about 2 years.

When to Replace AED Batteries?

On both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, you’ll find three different dates, the manufactured date, the install-by date, and the expiration date. This can be confusing when you’re trying to figure out whether or not you need to replace your batteries.

  1. Manufactured Date – The manufactured date is pretty self-explanatory, it states when the AED was manufactured. AED batteries need to be used between 5-7 years after their manufacturing date at maximum. Don’t rely on old batteries.
  2. Install-By Date – This date states the date that is the last chance you have to install the battery so it can operate with the correct expiration date.
  3. Expiration Date – This is when the battery will no longer function.

Different battery manufacturers place these three dates on a variety of locations on the batteries, so you’ll need to refer to the directions for your AED to see which is which.

Why Do You Need To Replace Batteries Regularly?

AED battery replacement isn’t to be laughed off. The fact is lives can depend on whether or not you’ve properly maintained your AED battery. That’s why state regulations across the country are so strict when it comes to AEDs.

In fact, a study analyzed data from over 40,000 AED ‘related events’ between June 1993 and October 2008 and found that of the 1,150 AED failures, 23.2% were due to battery issues. Those are startling numbers that really illustrate why staying up to date on AED battery life and maintenance is so important.

We recommend having replacement batteries on hand at all times not only to comply with local regulations but in case something goes wrong and that battery means life or death for a coworker.

Where Can You Get Replacement AED Batteries?

Ok, so you’re convinced, you need to get some replacement/backup batteries for your AED. Where do you go? There are a lot of options out there on the market, but if you want the best prices and options around, you’re looking for Foremost Medical Equipment.

Foremost offers all the best AED brands on the market from Defibtech to Phillips, not to mention all the replacement batteries, or pads, or anything else you could need to maintain your AED.

So don’t be afraid to reach out and make your business a safer place today!