What is the Best AED to Buy for the Office?
Imagine a staff member suffering from a cardiac episode while at work. The first thing to always do is dial 9-1-1! The second thing is to start administering CPR and send another coworker to retrieve an AED. Having an onsite AED (Automated External Defibrillator) could be the difference between life and death. When someone goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest, it is important to have access to an AED to increase the person’s chances of survival. Ideally, every office should have an AED within a 60 second retrieval time.
As part of their Emergency and Preparedness Plan, more companies are investing in onsite AEDs such as the Philips HeartStart OnSite AED. If your office does not currently have an onsite AED, we encourage you to learn about some of the benefits of having one.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
SCA is when heart function basically stops. When this happens, a person’s breathing and consciousness also comes to an abrupt stop. SCA is typically caused by an electrical disturbance (arrhythmia) in the heart that affects its ability to pump blood into major organs like the brain and lungs. SCA basically causes the blood flow to stop in the body. If the victim does not receive treatment right away, death can occur within minutes.
To learn more, read our previous blog What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)? What to do When Someone Goes into SCA.
Why do Offices Need an AED Onsite?
Offices are typically fast-paced and often chaotic environments. Depending on the layout of the office, it can be difficult to navigate in emergency situations; difficult for both staff and emergency responders, when they arrive. Imagine if an employee suffered from a cardiac episode during work. Would you not want to have immediate access to an onsite AED? And not only that, but one that easily guided you on what to do and gave clear instructions on how to save their life – coaching you through each step? By having an onsite AED, you increase the chances of survival for your staff member. Quick response time is vital during emergency medical situations, especially when someone is experiencing SCA.
Why the Philips Onsite AED is the best AED for the Office
Like most products, there are different AEDs on the market that will all satisfy your end goal – but not all will do it with the same safety or speed.
At First Edition First Aid, we built our business around Philips-brand AEDs. Why? Simple. Philips is the leader and innovator in portable AED technology and designed the HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator to be the most user friendly and reliable AED on the market. Crafted for the ordinary responder coming to the rescue in the extraordinary moment. The OnSite Defibrillator guides you through each step of defibrillation, including CPR coaching, to give cardiac arrest victims their best possible chance of survival.
For more rugged areas of work, the Philips HeartStart FRx defibrillator features intuitive, step-by-step voice instructions, including CPR guidance, and an audible metronome to help guide basic life support (BLS) responders while treating a suspected sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The Pre-connected SMART Pads II can be used for both adults and children (with a pediatric key inserted for use on children). Rugged, lightweight, and reliable, it can withstand rough handling and extreme temperatures.
Check out our Comparison Blogs that highlight both similarities and differences of the various AED b
rands, including Philips.
Canada’s Largest National Philips AED Distributor
First Edition First Aid carries a wide-range of Philips-brand AEDs and is Canada’s Largest National Philips
AED and AED Accessory Distributor. With partners across Canada and shipping locations in both Alberta and Ontario, we have continued to provide personalized and expert customer service, rapid fulfillment, and quality Philips AED products for over 15 years.
We have also developed a handy Buyer’s Guide to help you find the right AED. Download the free Guide today!