AED Brands: Philips vs HeartSine
When comparing AED brands, it is important to know which one is the best in the chance that an emergency occurs. You want an AED that will work every time and has what is needed to save a life. Two popular AED brand choices include the HeartSine Samaritan PAD (350P) AED and the Philips Onsite AED. At First Edition First Aid Training Inc. we supply the Philips AED: easy to use, compact, and effective for the task at hand. The HeartSine AED is compact, small, and is easily stored. There are some similarities and differences between the two AEDs, but after assessing the differences, it is easier to know which AED is best for you. Here we compare the Philips Onsite AED to the HeartSine Samaritan PAD AED.
HeartSine Samaritan PAD (350P) AED
Pricing and Inclusions
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD AED is one of the smaller AEDs available, making it a viable option in emergencies. The compact layout of the AED works to keep everything in one place and ensure everything is easily accessible. Similar to the Philips Onsite AED, the HeartSine AED uses a lithium dioxide battery and has a 4-year battery life – a difference being that the HeartSine has a 10-year device warranty (slightly higher than most AEDs). The HeartSine uses flashing LED lights and illustrations on the face of the machine, informing the user which step they are on. Automated voice control is also available to guide the user through the steps. The most common price of the HeartSine Samaritan PAD AED package is $1,579 (only slightly less than the Philips AED).
The standard HeartSine Samaritan PAD (350P) AED package includes the following (may vary depending upon retailer):
- HeartSine AED
- 1 Adult Pad-Pak
- Carry Case
- Data Cable
- Fast Response Kit
- User’s Manuals and CD
- 10 year Manufacturers Warranty
For the HeartSine Samaritan, the pads are located within the AED. Only by pulling a small green tab on the bottom of the AED will release the pads from the storage unit. This storage unit is made to be convenient, out of the way of all buttons and instructions. Although this feature keeps the unit compact, it actually creates one more step in the pad application process. Pads need to be applied as quickly as possible. If an individual does not know where the pads are located, precious time is wasted. It is important that pads, buttons, and instructions are clearly identified so that anyone can use an AED in any emergency.
The battery/pad life of the HeartSine is the same as the Philips AED, a total of 4 years. Unlike most AEDs where the pads and the battery are two separate items, the HeartSine AED battery and pads are combined. This means that when the battery needs replacing, it automatically will require changing the pads as well. This reduces the number of items needing replacement. The issue is that it also means that if the battery needed replacing but the pads are in good shape, there is no avoiding the replacement.
The HeartSine AED conducts weekly self-tests to ensure the machine is ready to use. This test time is less frequent than the Philips AED, which tests the machine daily (one of the few machines to do this). Also unlike the Philips AED, the HeartSine AED does not perform Pad Functionality Tests. The reasoning behind this is that the AED’s battery and pads are one unit, therefore if one needs replacing then so does the other.
Philips Onsite AED
Pricing and Inclusions
It is important that an AED works 100%, 100% of the time. It is for this reason that the Philips Onsite AED is made the way it is. With voice activated instructions, clearly explained pad placement images, and simple buttons, the Philips AED can be used by anyone. Although it is priced slightly higher than the HeartSine AED, you know that you are getting a high-quality machine. The price of the Philips Onsite AED is $1,896 when purchased with First Edition First Aid Training Inc.
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)
The pad storage for the Philips AED is in a convenient location that cannot be missed. On the front of the AED (where the power and shock buttons are located) is the pad storage. Simply pulling a plastic tab on the front of the machine will release the pads for use. Peel off the pad stickers and properly place them on the individual. The Philips pad location is convenient and easy for even those with no AED experience. On the other hand, the HeartSine AED pads have a less convenient storage location. For those who are unsure how to manage an AED, using the HeartSine may require more time to locate and apply pads.
The battery life of the Philips AED has a 4-year warranty. Unlike the HeartSine AED, the battery can be replaced separate to the AED Pads. If the AED has been unused over the span of 2.5 years (30 month pad life), the Philips Pads would need replacing. Although the Pads need replacing, fortunately, the battery could stay for the remainder of the 4 years. This is a better approach to AED care, avoiding the need to replace items that are not expired or needing attention.
Unlike the weekly self-test of the HeartSine Samaritan PAD AED, the Philips Onsite AED self-tests daily. The machine was made with the knowledge that an emergency can occur at anytime, anywhere. In addition, the Philips AED conducts a Pad Functionality Test to ensure that the pads are useable. If they were not up to the necessary standards, the AED would inform you through a chirping noise that the pads need replacing.
Although there are similarities between the two AEDs, there are more differences. You want an AED that is easy to care for (battery and pad replacement), as well as easy to use. The difficult pad storage, and battery/pad unit replacement of the HeartSine AED makes it a poorer choice. Be confident that your AED will work every time and is useable by any individual. Choose the Philips AED for your home, business, building, or wherever you are! Be prepared and order yours today!
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