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A refurbished defibrillator/AED is a good investment for almost any medical facility. Finding a properly refurbished defibrillator/AED from a reputable medical equipment source requires research and special purchasing considerations. Here are some buying tips for a smoother purchasing process.
What to consider when purchasing a refurbished AED
An AED is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, so it is important to understand what facility type or setting the AED is for, and who may need to use the AED. This sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Another thing to consider when purchasing is whether you need semi-automatic or fully automatic. Both semi-automatic and fully automatic AEDs are equally effective at saving lives and all AEDs provide clear, concise audio instructions throughout the rescue process.
Benefits of a semi-automatic AEDs
Semi-automatic AEDs provide the rescuer with control over when the shock is administered. This can be desirable because it allows rescuers to ensure nobody is in contact with the patient’s body at the time of shock.
Benefits of a fully automatic AEDs
A fully automatic AED eliminates this opportunity for a rescuer to hesitate or freeze and not deliver a shock when needed. When using a fully automatic AED, the rescuer is not responsible for pushing the button and instead only has one action: ensuring no one is touching the patient when the shock is delivered.
What to consider when purchasing a refurbished defibrillator
Defibrillators are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, or they can restore the heartbeat if it suddenly stops. Due to the importance of this device, you should consider where in the facility the defibrillator will be located. Defibrillators can be used on children, teens and adults and should be easily accessible in high-risk areas.
Will the defibrillator be for a crash cart?
The configuration of defibrillators used on a crash cart may vary, and your typical unit on a crash cart contains the following parameters 3-lead ECG, AED and pacing. Many hospitals will also keep a defibrillator and heart monitor on top of the crash cart since these devices are also needed in many cases.
Will the defibrillator be used for EMS?
Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without regard to age, social or economic status, or the health of the person, and the use of defibrillators by EMS first responders is widely advocated. A fully loaded defibrillator will typically include, AED, ECG (3 or 5 lead), capnography, SpO2 and pacing.
Is it safe to buy refurbished and is Avante qualified to refurbish a defibrillator/AED?
Refurbished AEDs and defibrillators are safe. It is critical to ensure they are checked out by biomedical professionals. A reputable defibrillator/AED refurbisher, like Avante Health Solutions, should have a standard refurbishment process that is transparent and addresses all aspects of the defibrillator/AED. Here is an example of our typical refurbishment process for a defibrillator/AED:
How often should the facility check an AED or defibrillator?
This equipment is a critical life saving device and should be checked a minimum of monthly to ensure it is in good working condition. It is important to verify the batteries have charge and pads are not expired. Defibrillators should be checked annually.
What is PMA?
PMA, or pre-market approval, is the FDA’s regulatory review process designed to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. If the AED or defibrillator is not approved under the FDA’s new requirements effective February 2, 2022, all pads or accessories can no longer be purchased or sold for that AED or defibrillator. One of our equipment experts can assist with any questions on which devices are FDA-approved.
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– Brent Kramer is a market manager for Avante Health Solutions
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