AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator vs Defibtech Lifeline AED
Just as you take the time to research before investing in a new home appliance, the same research should be done for your AED. The choice of which AED brand to select is one that needs to be carefully considered, as it could mean the difference between life and death. Of the many brands available, one of the more common selections is the Philips Defibrillators – the AED that First Edition First Aid Training Inc. chooses to supply. This device has everything you need to #savealife, with clear instructions and accessible parts. Another well-known brand is the Defibtech Lifeline AED. These two AEDs share many similarities such as size, weight, AED warranty, and battery type. The two may seem comparable, but the design and usage of the two makes them very different. Here we will compare Philips Onsite Defibrillator vs Defibtech Lifeline AED so you can make an informed decision of which AED is best for you!
Defibtech Lifeline AED
Pricing and Inclusions
The Defibtech Lifeline AED is created with simplicity in mind, so that anyone can save a life. The AED uses clear voice activated instructions to guide you through the placement of pads and administration of shocks. Small light-up buttons are located on the face of the AED to indicate which step you are on (check pads, analyzing, etc.). The most common price of the Defibtech Lifeline AED package is $1,245 (some retailers priced up to $1,725), slightly lower than the Philips Defibrillator.
The standard Defibtech Lifeline AED package includes the following (may vary depending upon retailer):
- Defibtech Lifeline AED
- Battery Pack
- Adult Electrode Pads
- User Manual and Quick Reference Card
- Carrying Case
- Medical Prescription/Authorization
Shock Charge Time
The Defibtech AED is similar to the Philips AED in that both do not waste any time. It is important that each step is quick and efficient: steps such as time needed to charge a shock. The Defibtech has a much lower charge time than other commonly used AEDs. When a shock is being administered, the Defibtech Lifeline AED takes roughly 4 seconds to charge to max energy. This charge time, though, is longer than the Philips AED (0 seconds), but is much lower than other AEDs such as Zoll and Physio Control (10 and 9 seconds, respectively). Although four seconds may not seem like much, any second wasted is one second closer to brain damage.
For ease of use it is necessary for all aspects of the AED to be accessible, making it simpler for the user. The Defibtech Lifeline AED is easy to turn on and is clear on how to administer shocks, as the buttons are located on the front of the machine. The pads are stored in a less convenient spot – in a pocket on the back of the AED. To access the pads, you must pull them from the rear storage pocket, tear open the sealed pad package, and then apply the pads. This storage option is much different than most AEDs, which keep the pads on the front. In an emergency, this extra step of locating the pads on the AED’s reverse and removing them from the sealed packaging is inconvenient and could be costly.
Pricing and Inclusions
When deciding what AED to choose, many believe that they should select based on lowest price – get the best bang for their buck. The problem is that when you pay less for a machine, it reflects in the quality. You want to make sure you have an AED that works for every use, everywhere. That is why the Philips Onsite Defibrillator package is an average price of $1,896. The price matches the quality and product that you are paying for, making it worth every cent. If you are looking to add accessories to your AED, First Edition First Aid Training Inc. now has a “Build your own AED” option. With this you can select the number of pads, cases, kits, and everything else that you need to stay prepared – heart-shaped cabinet anyone?
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)
Shock Charge Time
The Philips AED is built with the mindset that every second counts. Any moment that passes in an emergency is one more second that the individual’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Therefore, the quicker that shocks can be administered, the better chance of survival. When the Onsite Philips Defibrillator suggests that a shock is needed, no time is needed to charge to max energy. The Philips Onsite AED has a 0 second shock decision time – meaning that once you press the shock button, a shock is immediately given (and the machine stresses the importance of staying clear).
It is essential that every part of an AED has ease of access. You want to ensure that you can take action without fumbling around trying to find pads or power buttons. The Philips Defibrillator is perfect for all access and storage options. The buttons are located right on the front of the machine, and simply pulling the clear plastic handle will remove the pads for application. Unlike the Defibtech Lifeline AED, Philips Onsite pads are easily located and removed. Philips wants you to take as little time as possible. Simply leave the AED on the ground, pull the pad tabs and apply them instantly.
These two AEDs may seem similar in many respects, but the differences in price, shock charge time, and pad location is something to consider. These differences may not seem like much, but seconds wasted removing pads from a back pocket and a sealed bag is time the victim does not have. Using an AED should be an efficient process, working to administer shocks and compressions quickly. The more time spent trying to figure out how to use an AED, the less likely the individual will survive. It is for this reason that Philips Onsite Defibrillator is a preferred choice – quick and easy to understand. Ready to purchase your AED? Use our website to browse our AED packages, or “Build your own” AED. Once you have the defibrillator in location, your level of safety has also increased. Stay prepared!