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Defibrillator Buying Checklist
- Do you want a semi-automatic or automatic device? Both work the same way, the only difference is semi automatic requires the operator to press a button to administer the shock, the automatic administers the shock itself if the heart is shockable. There are pros and cons to both but ultimately this is the only difference. The key thing is the defib will only shock a shockable heart.
- Where will it be located and how will it be stored? Cabinets are a handy place to store the defib.
- How will it be monitored and maintained? Does the device offer remote monitoring? This is important as it allows you to access the status of multiple units across various sites. WIFI enabled defibrillators are equipped with this.
- What’s your employee demographics - and can the defibrillator shock everyone that is likely to be at your premises? If children are on the premises ensure the defib has a switch to enable child mode.
- How easy is it to operate?
- Does it come in different languages, do you need a second language?
- Does it come with manufacturer’s warranty?
- What is the IP rating of the device? This measures the machine’s tolerance to dust and moisture.
- Does it offer CPR feedback? This is a feature that talks to the defibrillator user and tells them how to perform CPR and offers user feedback.
- What is the device’s battery and electrode pad life? This is how long the battery and pads will be in date for, whether they are used or not.