Can (and Should) I Buy an AED for Home?
When we think of AEDs, we often think of them in public places. But did you know that it is just as important to install AEDs in the home? Automatic external defibrillators are life-saving devices that should be placed wherever people are – especially if they suffer from heart disease! The spaces where we eat, sleep, spend time with loved ones, and live comfortably should also be the place where we feel safe and prepared. This can be accomplished with the addition of an AED! It is especially important for specific groups of people to prepare who may be at a higher risk of cardiac arrest. Wondering if you can (and should) buy an AED for your home? Here is what you need to know!
Why Have an AED at Home?
According to the CDC, roughly “350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals each year – and about 7 in 10 of those happen at home.” It has also been found by Canada.ca that “1 in 12 Canadian adults age 20+ live with diagnosed heart disease.”
With about 2.4 million Canadians having heart disease, the risk for a cardiac event is a reality. With this in mind, as well as the fact that most cardiac arrests occur in the home, one of the ways we can protect ourselves is with an Inhome AED.
In the case of a cardiac arrest, CPR can help, but every minute without the use of an AED the survival rate decreases by 7-10%. This means that if it takes 12 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the home (the average for Canadian urban centers is 8-12 minutes), the chances of survival is minimal. Thankfully, simply having an AED and using it within the first few minutes will DOUBLE the chances of survival!
Who Should Buy an AED for Their Home?
Are you wondering if you fall into the category of those who should buy an AED? If you or your family fall into any of the following, buying an AED could be the only thing to protect you in the case of a heart emergency:
- History of heart disease
- Has congenital heart defects
- Is a senior
- Has a sedentary lifestyle
- Has diabetes
- Has high blood pressure or high cholesterol
Each and every one of these categories can mean that there is an increased risk for heart disease and cardiac arrest. Do you have more than one?
Of course, anyone of any age can experience a cardiac arrest (even kids), but those individuals who fall into the above categories are at a much higher risk of experiencing a heart-related event. So, how do you protect against this? How do you increase the likelihood of survival? With the addition of an AED in your home!
What AED is Best for the Home?
Can you buy an AED for the home? Absolutely! Anyone is able to purchase an AED for their home! So, if you fell into the above categories you are probably now wondering which defibrillator model is best for your home. The answer is simple: the HeartStart In-Home AED (it’s in the name)! This Philips AED was created specifically for in-home locations (including residential spaces, cabins, and vacation homes) and each In-Home AED includes the essential accessories required to allow you to jump into action and save a life. This AED comes with:
- 8-year Manufacturer’s Warranty
- 1 Pre-Installed Battery (4-year warranty)
- 1 Pre-Installed SMART Pads Cartridge (2-year warranty unused)
- Training Pads Kit
- Slim Carrying Case
- Set Up Guide
- Maintenance Booklet
- Reference Guide
An AED is of use and available to everyone and anyone who may need assistance. Invest in the safety and protection of your home with the addition of an In-Home AED! Then you can be reassured that you have done everything possible to protect the hearts in home!
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