Just about every office has a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher, but not every workplace has an office defibrillator (AED) at the ready. When you consider that over 350,000 Americans a year suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), having a defibrillation device in the office should be at the top of every safety plan.
Over 90% of SCA sufferers will die within minutes without the proper defibrillation and CPR. You can save up to 90% of those lives by having high-quality defibrillators at your disposal. Of course, not all devices are created equal, and different models are suited to different environments.
What to Look for in Office Defibrillator Devices
When choosing a defibrillator for the office, certain factors are going to be especially important. Many of our clients are business owners, office managers, and HR directors, and these professionals typically weigh the following three variables above all else.
Ease of Use: While Basic Life Support (BLS) training should be incorporated into every business, the fact is that your facility probably isn’t staffed with trained medical personnel. With that in mind, you need an AED that a layperson can operate with relative ease. Look for automated external defibrillators that provide:
- Voice instruction to guide the CPR and defibrillation processes
- Bilingual functionality with voice instructions in multiple languages (if your office is bilingual)
- On-screen visual guides and text instructions for additional assistance
- A simple layout with straightforward buttons and menus
Affordability: Businesses, especially small businesses, often have tight budget constraints, so cost is a key factor. A high-quality AED can run you between $1,200 and $3,000. If you spend much less than that, you risk sacrificing quality, and that’s not something you want to do when purchasing a life-saving medical device. Fortunately, there are some great options within the $1,200 to $1,600 range. Here are some tips for the budget-conscious buyer:
- Save money by purchasing AED packages where available. Some suppliers put together AED packages where for a few dollars more you can get the AED device as well as a carry case, wall cabinet, first responder kit, and other accessories.
- Purchase recertified units. Used and pre-owned AEDs can provide excellent value; just make sure that the seller offers a generous warranty and performs an extensive recertification process.
- Ensure that your device comes with at least a 4-year warranty. An 8-year or 10-year warranty is even better.
- Buy from a provider that offers free shipping. AEDs are heavy devices, so the shipping can add considerably to the cost.
Size: Most businesses prefer an automated external defibrillator that’s small, portable, and easy to transport. A typical modern AED only weighs about three pounds, so this usually isn’t too great of a concern. We’ve included notes about size in our product recommendations below.
Best AEDs for Offices
Given the guidelines we’ve outlined above, here are our top 3 model recommendations for offices:
Philips HeartStart OnSite AED
Ease of Use: This device is simple to operate. The pads and battery come pre-installed. Just pull the green handle to administer the first self-test. From that point on, the device automatically performs 85 self-tests per month to ensure that everything is in working order. In the event of an emergency, voice instructions guide you through every step of the process, from using the pads to administering CPR. It even instructs on the proper frequency and depth of chest compressions and breaths.
Affordability: The Philips HeartStart OnSite is available for as little as $1,275. It includes a Philips Smart Pad Adult Electrode Cartridge and a Philips OnSite Battery Pack with its own 4-year warranty. The defibrillator itself is protected by an 8-year warranty to ensure the maximum return on your investment. A Philips HeartStart Onsite Value Package is also available.
Size: This model weighs just 3.3 pounds with the electrode pad cartridge and battery pack installed. It’s contained inside a semi-rigid carrying case for added protection and easy transport.
Recommended Accessories: If you’re purchasing the OnSite, consider also purchasing a set of OnSite Adult Training Pads. This will enable you to undergo and lead valuable training in the office. You’ll also need a quality wall cabinet for storage and security.
Defibtech Lifeline View AED
Ease of Use: This device is the first and only defibrillation unit with a full-color, high-resolution screen that illustrates the procedures in real time, eliminating all guesswork and ensuring that everyone has the knowledge necessary to save lives. Real Time Protocol Selection allows you to customize your on-screen instructions based on your skill level. There’s even a built-in metronome that counts the beats so that you can deliver compressions with confidence.
Affordability: The Defibtech Lifeline View model is available for as little as $1,655. While this is on the higher end of the budget spectrum, it offers some of the most advanced features in its class. The color screen isn’t available on any other competitor device, and the cutting-edge software ensures that the unit is easy to maintain and easy to upgrade at a moment’s notice. The unit comes with an 8-year warranty, a 4-year battery, and pads. A Defibtech Lifeline View Value Package is also available, and this version contains the automated external defibrillator plus a cabinet, case, first responder kit, and more.
Size: This product weighs just under three pounds and is one of the most compact models on the market. Not only is it small and lightweight, but it also features an award-winning ergonomic design. It fits comfortably in the palm of your hand but is still rugged enough to handle drops and other abuse. In fact, it has the highest rating for drop/shock testing and is crush-resistant up to 1,000 pounds.
Recommended Accessories: A Defibtech Standard Hard Case can preserve your device and ensure that it’s easy and safe to transport in the event of an emergency. In addition, we recommend keeping AED signage around the office, including a wall poster, decal, and inspection tag.
HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P is designed for the budget-conscious consumer, but it doesn’t skimp on features or dependability. In terms of ease of use, affordability, and size, this defibrillator is unmatched.
Ease of Use: The 350P offers intuitive features ideal for the lay responder. It’s noted for its simple readiness monitoring, real-time CPR and defibrillation coaching, and streamlined two-button operation. One button turns the device on and off, and the other delivers shock. Just turn it on, listen to the on-screen prompts, and deliver treatment accordingly.
Affordability: Available for as little as $1,175, this is the most cost-effective AED on our list. Even more impressive, the unit comes with a full 10-year warranty. The product includes PAD PAK pads and a battery as well as a protective carrying case. A HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P Value Package is also available for just $20 more, and it includes everything described here as well as a cabinet, a first responder kit, and all the signage you need.
Size: At just 2.4 pounds, this automated external defibrillator is the smallest and lightest model on the market. Its circular design allows it to fit in the most compact spaces. Despite its small size, though, it’s as rugged as they come. It boasts the highest durability ratings of any model, including an IP56 Dust & Water Rating.
Recommended Accessories: A HeartSine Samaritan AED Wall Bracket provides a secure fit and enables you to affix your 350P to the office wall for use at a moment’s notice. In addition, a HeartSine Semi-Rigid Case provides added protection for your device when it’s not in use. Finally, be sure to include ample signage around the office.
Keep Your Team Safe
If you’d like to order one or more office defibrillator devices for your company, we invite you to see all of our high quality AED machines. We offer a one-year low-price guarantee, and we’re authorized to distribute on behalf of all six FDA-approved AED manufacturers. We also offer free delivery on all orders over $99.
A quality defibrillation unit gives you peace of mind, and it may one day save a life. Regardless of where you buy, make sure to take that important step for your team.