AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll
When you Google ‘Best AED’ a number of selections show up. You want the ‘best’ because with every minute that passes in an emergency without an AED, the survival rate drops 7-10%. That is why it is important to ensure your AED is the best – to save a life. Each AED will have features and inclusions that vary. You want to choose an AED that would increase survival rate, be easy to use, and get the job done effectively. In your search for the best you probably came across the Philips Defibrillator. This is also the AED brand we decided to sell because we believe it is the best. That said, there are a number of other AED brands to choose from, one of which is Zoll. Zoll has a very different set up and design than the Philips Defibrillators. Between the two companies, there is a difference in price, battery life, memory, testing, and much more. Here we will compare Philips vs. Zoll so you know which is the better AED for you!
Zoll AED Plus
Zoll AED Plus Price and Accessories
The average price of the Zoll AED Plus is $1,699.00. This is not the cheapest AED on the market, but also not the most expensive. This AED, made with simplicity in mind, is targeted towards beginners. The machine has First Responder steps included in the automated voice instructions to assist those who are not up to date in their first aid training. Every aspect about this AED (pads, voice commands, etc.) are there to assist a beginner through the emergency.
The Standard Zoll AED Plus package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer, some retailers may provide extra First Aid Response additions):
- One-Piece CPR-D Pads
- Set of Lithium Duracell Batteries
- Carry Case
- Zoll Data Review Software
- Zoll AED Plus Demonstration and Setup CD
- 5 Year Warranty (additional 2-year warranty extension available for registered devices)
Zoll AED Plus Pads
Unlike most AEDs that use two pads to attach to a person in need, Zoll has one single pad. The one-piece pad, shaped in a Z, was initially created to assist beginners with the placement and location of pads. Unfortunately, the Z shaped pads are often confusing and cause a lack of confidence. Because not everyone’s body is the same size/shape, the placement will vary from person to person. With the Zoll AED Plus, it is more difficult to place the pads on a body, and is found to have awkward and unclear positioning when in use.
Zoll AED Plus Self Test
The Zoll AED Plus does monthly self-testing to ensure that the batteries and pads are up to date and to save battery life. Other AED’s will do daily self-tests (such as the Philips Defibrillator’s), to ensure that if an emergency happens any day of the month, the machine will be ready. Monthly checks may be a cause for concern if the AED has an un-acknowledged problem in the long stretch of time between checks, and the AED is needed for an emergency.
Zoll AED Plus Voice Prompts
The Zoll voice activated steps are much different than that of other AED brands. When you turn on the Zoll AED Plus it first gives you basic first responder instructions (is the person responsive, call for help, etc.). Not everyone has had first aid training and can often panic and miss steps in an emergency, such as calling for help. The problem is, having these early steps results in more time to passing while the person is unresponsive, should you be ready to defibrillate. These precious minutes wasted on basic instructions could be minutes that the individual is not getting oxygen to their brain (resulting in brain damage). It is important to respond right away. An AED is there to increase the chance of survival beyond that of CPR. If time is spent listening to the basic first responder steps, it is not being spent increasing the chance of survival.
Zoll AED Plus Batteries
The Zoll AED Plus is one of the AED brands that come with numerous batteries. When purchasing the AED, it will include 10 lithium batteries to be changed out when the self-check notifies that battery power is low. Although this may not seem like an important factor, it is good to consider the process of battery replacement. Because the Zoll AED Plus only does monthly self-checks, if there is ever an emergency and the batteries need replacing, time is wasted inserting those 10 individual cells.
Philips Onsite Defibrillator
Philips Onsite Price and Accessories
The average price of the Onsite Philips Defibrillator is $1,896. Although the Philips Defibrillator may be more expensive than the Zoll and some other AED brands, an AED is not something you want to purchase cheap. The price of an AED should reflect the dependence and trust we put in quality. Ultimately, when someone’s life is on the line, you want to ensure that the AED will work 100%. Paying for a high-quality machine will ensure that you receive high quality treatment. That is why First Edition First Aid Training Inc. chooses to promote the Philips Defibrillators.
The standard Onsite Phillips Defibrillator package includes the following:
- Onsite AED (Includes 1 battery, 2 adult SMART Pads II, Carrying Case)
- Fast Response Kit
- 8 Year Warranty (additional 2-year warranty extension available)
Philips Onsite Pads
Where Zoll has one “Z” pad, the Philips Defibrillator and other AED brands have two. Each pad clearly explains (with a diagram) where to place it on the person in need. The pads located on the top of the AED with a pull lever to release them, and simple to apply thereafter. The diagram located on each pad makes it clear to the responder where they should be placed on a body. Because the pads are separate, it allows for more flexibility depending on the body size/shape. Specialized child/infant pads are also available as add ons to your AED package for safe use when an emergency occurs involving a child.
Philips Onsite Self-test
The Philips Onsite Defibrillator has the feature of daily, weekly, and monthly self-testing. This ensures that each day the AED is ready for use without error. This feature is important as, if the defibrillator picks up any error, it will inform you that it needs attending to with an audible beep and flash.
Philips Onsite Voice Prompts
The Philips Defibrillator has easy and instructive assistance to immediately help in case of emergency. The AED gives you the necessary instructions needed to use the AED in simple terms that even those without proper training will be able to follow. Because less time is spent on pre-shock and CPR steps or First Responder training instructions (as seen in the Zoll AED), responders are able to begin administering shocks sooner. The first instruction that the Philips Defibrillator will give is to remove clothes out of the way so you can apply the pads to the patients bare chest. Immediately, the AED instructs you how to apply the pads (with assistance of the diagrams). Once applied, it will ask everyone to stay clear of the patient and it will begin a check to see if a shock is needed. After the shock has been administered and a pulse is present, it will guide you through CPR verbally and with pace keeping sounds.
When a person is not responsive, it is important to act right away. Time is imperative, and that is why the Philips Onsite Defibrillator does not waste any time with basics and instead instructs you to take immediate action.
Philips Onsite Battery
The Philips Defibrillators are lithium battery operated, like many AED brands. But unlike the Zoll AED, the Philips Defibrillator has a single compact lithium battery. It is as simple as inserting the large cell into the machine to replace the battery. You do not have to waste time stressing over inserting 10 individual cells, and instead can quickly do it in one movement and be ready to assist in an emergency.
The Philips Defibrillator is the best option when choosing an AED for your home, office, or worksite. Although Zoll is aimed towards beginners, time can mean life and death and the instructions given by the Philips Onsite are just as easy to follow. Due to the self-checking abilities, quick battery change, and simplified voice instructions, the Philips Defibrillator is an AED ready to take on emergencies. Make the right decision and improve the survival rate of your friends, family, coworkers, and strangers that need your help!