Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the nation’s leading causes of death. Affecting more than 320,000 people every year, this condition is characterized by ventricular fibrillation (VF), or an irregular heartbeat and results in the death of nine out of ten victims every year. A person experiencing VF may feel chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea while bystanders rely on emergency personnel response time to treat the patient. AEDs offer non-medical personnel a way to save the lives of those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, when an AED is used at the outset of symptoms, survival rates increase to 38 percent. The question then becomes, does a small business, school, homeowner, or clinic manager purchase a new or used AED defibrillator?
|New AED Defibrillators||Used AED Defibrillators|
|New AED Defibrillators may cost between $1,000 and $3,000.||Used AED Defibrillators can cost 50 percent less than new models.|
|New models are backed by a factory warranty.||Depending on the company, many used AEDs are purchased “as is.” At Foremost Medical Equipment, used AED defibrillators are available for purchase with a one-year parts and labor warranty.|
|New AEDs have never been used in an emergency situation.||Most used AEDs have never been used in an emergency situation either. In fact, many models have been taken from the box, placed in a cabinet, then returned to the equipment company as a part of a lease or in exchange for a discount on upgraded devices.|
|New AEDs come with new electrode pads, new carrying cases and new batteries.||Used AEDs have been refurbished to include new batteries, new electrode pads, and in some cases software and hardware upgrades that have happened since the AED was introduced to the market.|
|New AEDs have been rigorously tested and are considered patient ready.||Used AEDs have been rigorously tested and are considered patient ready.|
|New AEDs have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.||Used AEDs have a shorter lifespan because they have been in use before refurbishing.|
|Many hospitals, municipalities, and schools require the purchase of new AED defibrillators.||Small businesses, homeowners, clinics, or other operations without requirements for new AEDs can have access to this life-saving equipment without the prohibitive cost.|
Whether your purchase a new or used AED defibrillator, the importance of this piece of equipment cannot be overstated. Survival from sudden cardiac arrest significantly decreases if the patient cannot be attended to in the first three to five minutes. Even at their best, the likelihood of an emergency response in that amount of time is slim. Therefore, it is vital to have an AED on hand in any location where the public gathers so bystanders can provide life-saving medical care in the instant it is needed. For more information on whether a new or used AED defibrillator is right for you or your business, contact us for a customer service consultation.