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Defibrillators

Become confident saving a life by choosing the most suitable defibrillator for your needs.

Learn more about defibrillators below and to make an informed purchasing decision.

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What is a defibrillator?

“A defibrillator (known as an automated external defibrillator or AED) is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing certain cardiac rhythms. Defibrillators must be used in conjunction with CPR.” NSW Health

Remember:

  • Anyone can use a defibrillator – they have verbal and visual instructions to guide you.
  • You cannot hurt someone by using a defibrillator.
  • A defibrillator only shocks a person who is in cardiac arrest.

Defibrillator research

“For every minute defibrillation is delayed, there is approximately 10% reduction in survival if  the victim is in cardiac arrest.” ANZCOR

“Early CPR and defibrillation (AED) within the first 8-10 minutes can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent.” NSW Health

When to use a defibrillator

A Defibrillator should be used when someone has a cardiac arrest*. Which is recognised when someone is:
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Unconscious

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Unresponsive

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Has absent or abnormal breathing

Cardiac arrest is the term given to the sudden loss of heart function. The person will collapse and stop breathing normally. The heart is no longer pumping blood around the vital organs of the body.

Considerations for purchasing a defibrillator

When deciding what defibrillator will be most suitable for your family, community or workplace is a very personal decision.

When deciding it’s best to take into account a few key considerations, which may include the following:

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Do you have children at your location/ site?

If you have children under the age of 8 years or under 25kg’s. Child pads or a defibrillator with child mode is advised.
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Where are you locating the defibrillator?

Location is important to emergency response time, visibility and security.

Depending on where your defibrillator is located may also change what type of defib you purchase and also what type of wall cabinet is most suitable. Considerations include the climate/ weather and safety.

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Do you have a budget?

The majority of defibrillators in the market range from around $2,000-$3,000 and they usually vary in features included.

Have an idea of a price you’re happy to pay and work out a defib package within your budget.

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Do you need a wall bracket or wall cabinet?

The most common ways to store and locate your defibrillator visibly is by using a wall cabinet or wall bracket.
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Do you need training?

Discuss whether you need online training and to what extent you will feel confident using a defibrillator.

For certain people a video refresher may work and others may need a more personal training experience.

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Defibrillator maintenance

Defibrillator maintenance is easy. However, it can be easily forgotten.

With Response For Life ‘Weekly Inspection Tags’ we encourage clients to inspect their defib on a regular basis (which only takes a minute).

However, we also offer programs like PlusTrac which monitor your defib, store data and send reminders.

Need some assistance or have a question?

The most important thing is to make sure you’ve asked us your questions, are comfortable with your defib purchase and confident how to use your defib.

Ask us for assistance by completing this contact form and pressing the red submit button.

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Defibrillator Models

Here are our most frequently purchased AED’s. Click the link to see full defib model details.
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HeartSine Samaritan 350P/ 360P

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ZOLL AED PLUS

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HeartSine Samaritan 500P

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ZOLL AED 3

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Lifepak CR2

Note: if a defib you’re looking for isn’t in this list, please reach out as we supply other models and brands also.

Discuss your options with our team

Our team will discuss with you which defibrillator model is most suitable for your specific needs.

Making sure you’re confident with your defib choice.

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