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Automated Defibrillators

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What is an Automated External Defibrillator?

Defibrillators give a shock to the heart (and you"re to blame) in order to get it beating again. Defibrillators have been shown in movies and television and people often associate the word Defibrillator with a paramedic using two big paddles to shock the life back into somebody.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) uses the same concept, but is fundamentally different. Instead of using big paddles to deliver the shock, the user would place two electrode pads on the patient"s chest. The Automated External Defibrillator will then read the patient"s heart rate and make the decision as to whether or not a shock is needed. Some models will provide the shock automatically after giving a warning of the impending shock, while other models will require the operator to press a button to deliver the shock. It is possible that the first shock will not bring the heart rate back to a ready rhythm. If this happens, a second or third shock may be necessary in order to get ready heart rhythm. If the patient still does not respond by the third shock, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be used until medical professional arrive. Prior to using an Automated External Defibrillator, emergency medical professionals should be called (typically 9-1-1). The Automated External Defibrillator is meant to give the patient the best chance of surviving a heart attack or other such conditions which slow or stop the heart.

What is the difference between an Automated External Defibrillator and the defibrillators used by doctors?

The manual defibrillators (the ones with the large paddles) require training and are only used by trained medical professionals. The Automated External Defibrillator is meant to be used by anybody with a minimal amount of coaching/training. They are located in large public places, such as malls, airports, stadiums, etc. Automated External Defibrillator often will use audible or visual cues to instruct the operator how to use it.

Phillips HeartStart Home Defibrillator

HeartStart offers a Defibrillator Trainer Cartridge that works with the live Onsite or Home AED. They offer two separate training cartridges: one for adults and one for children. Each module has a guide to show proper pad placement and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. The HeartStart Trainer Cartridges also comes with one set of self adhesive pads. The Children"s HeartStart is meant for children 8 years and younger or weighing under 55 pounds. This also means that is the patient is over 8 years old or weighing more than 55 pounds, that the Adult HeartStart would be the appropriate product.

The Adult HeartStart Trainer Cartridge instructs the operator how to use two pads on the chest to administer the shock. The children"s HeartStart Trainer Cartridge instructs the operator to adhere one pad on the chest of the child and one on the back.

As a recap, defibrillators are helpful when a patient has suffered a loss or slowing of their heart rate. However, the effectiveness diminishes over time. That is why defibrillators are often used in conjunction with CPR.

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  1. HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator Case

    HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator Case

    SKU: A13480 01

    $121.00

    Keep you HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator protected and ready for use with the Standard Case. Affordable, lightweight, and durable, this case is ideal for keeping your defibrillator and accessories safe and accessible.

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  2. Philips AED Awareness Signage Bundle

    Philips AED Awareness Signage Bundle

    SKU: A22769

    $64.00

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  3. Philips AED Wall Mount and Signage Bundle

    Philips AED Wall Mount and Signage Bundle

    SKU: A22770

    $139.00

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  4. Philips HeartStart AED OnSite Defibrillator

    Philips HeartStart AED OnSite Defibrillator

    SKU: A13462x

    Starting at: $105.00

    The Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator is designed to be the easiest-to-use, and most reliable defibrillator available.

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  5. Wall Mount Bracket for Phillips HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator

    Wall Mount Bracket for Phillips HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator

    SKU: A13478 02

    $80.38

    Keep your HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator mounted on the wall and ready for use with the specially designed Wall Mount Bracket. This clearly marked product makes sure your defibrillator is clearly visible in case of emergency.

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  6. HeartStart FRx Defibrillator Trainer
  7. HeartStart Adult Trainer Cartridge with Pad Placement Guide

    HeartStart Adult Trainer Cartridge with Pad Placement Guide

    SKU: A13488

    $82.00

    The Adult Trainer Cartridge with Pad Placement Guide can be used to turn your live Onsite or Home AED into an AED training device. Now includes a free adult pad placement guide. Purchase the Adult Trainer Cartridge with Pad Placement Guide today from ActiveForever!

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  8. 4-Year Lithium Battery for Phillips HeartStart Defibrillator

    4-Year Lithium Battery for Phillips HeartStart Defibrillator

    SKU: A12997

    $164.00

    Keep your HeartStart Defibrillator in standby mode and ready to use for years at a time with the 4-Year Lithium Battery. This battery will ensure that after long periods of time your HeartStart Defibrillator will fully functional when an emergency situation arises.

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  9. AED Awareness Placard
  10. AED Awareness Poster Pack (includes 4 posters)
  11. HeartStart Adult SMART Pads Cartridge

    HeartStart Adult SMART Pads Cartridge

    SKU: A13487

    $99.99

    The HeartStart Adult SMART Pads are for people older than 8 years of age or weighing more than 55 pounds. The cartridge contains two self-adhesive pads. Purchase the Adult SMART Pads Cartridge today from ActiveForever!

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  12. Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defibrillator
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