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3 Things You need to know about AED’s

August 18th, 2020

They are not necessary in all cardiac events


Did you know that only 50% of cardiac arrest victims require a shock from a defibrillator? We’ve all seen them in our schools, place of work, and event centers, AED’s (or automatic electric defibrillators) are a staple in any workplace to prevent the loss of life in a cardiac event. But how is someone to know if a person in a cardiac event needs to be shocked by a defibrillator?  While only half of patients need a shock, almost everyone who experiences a cardiac event will require CPR. This is where the Zoll AED 3 starts to set itself apart for their competition.


You can increase chances of survival by more than 4x


First, let us look at some statistics regarding the use of CPR and a defibrillator. In a cardiac event, if the patient’s peers decide to do nothing before the ambulance arrives, the patient has a 5% of survival.  When CPR is administered the percentage rises to 9% survival chance.  If the patient has access to CPR and a defibrillator, their chances of survival rises to 24%.


This is where the Zoll AED 3 comes in, not only a defibrillator, it also works as a CPR guide.  In a cardiac event, after placing the pads on the patient, the AED 3 will prompt whether the patient needs a shock or CPR, all while offering audible and visual ques from the power unit for the person administering aid. The AED 3 even goes a step further and gives the person administering CPR; the pressure, and timing ques to ensure the patient is receiving CPR properly.  Even when the AED 3 does not have to do its primary job, it becomes a vital piece of equipment to ensure all steps are taken to save the life of the patient. This is especially important when there is no guarantee that some trained in CPR will be able to respond quickly!


Not all AED equipment is universal and has an expiration date


While an AED might work for years and years, the battery and pads have a shelf life. These can range from 2-5 years, and if you are not diligent about keeping track of your AED’s, you run the risk of a battery or pad not functioning correctly when the time of need comes. This can especially be daunting in large school systems or businesses that have deployed 100’s of AED’s.


The Zoll AED 3 also offers 5-year non-rechargeable battery.  When a battery reaches the end of its life; the power unit, if connected to WiFi, will notify by email that the battery will need replacing soon to give you an appropriate amount of time to purchase a new battery before replacement to ensure there is no down time and no risk of failure.


Another unique attribute to the AED 3 is the CPR Uni-padz.  In past models a different pad was required when administering a shock to a pediatric patient, but with the new Uni-padz, these are now universal.  This unit also allows for a connection to internet via WiFi which enables a self-check to be performed weekly to ensure the AED is working properly.  If anything were to go wrong during this check, an email would be sent to the correct authority notifying them whether the AED needs replacement or repair.