The last thing you are thinking about when you need an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is how much it costs to have one in your home, office, store, gym, or school. However, many people balk at the upfront and ongoing costs associated with purchasing and maintaining an AED. Still, when spread out over time, the financial cost you pay is worth the potential of having life-saving equipment at the ready when you need it.
How Much Does an AED Cost?
The true answer is, “It depends.”
New AEDs at Foremost Medical Equipment range from $1,200 to $1,700 including electrodes and a battery. Why the broad range? Some systems come equipped with single button operation that allows you to place the electrode pads and allow the AED to run an entire lifesaving protocol without any further interference other than administering CPR between electrical shocks.
Others have CPR pacing that helps non-medical bystanders perform CPR safely and effectively, even if they are only familiar with the procedure. Some AED systems even have video prompts that show you exactly where to place the AED electrode pads and what to do every step of the way. Regardless of the features you choose, the initial expense is often overwhelming for a small business or school. However, the cost of an AED does not end with the initial purchase.
Ongoing AED Costs
While AED’s are typically functional for as long as ten years, each AED is equipped with a battery and electrodes that must be replaced periodically to keep it ready for use. Some models require battery replacement every four years while others can last as long as five years with regular charging. Electrodes, on the other hand, must typically be replaced every two years since the adhesive on the pads tends to dry out and compromise the contact they need to work.
Some models have electrodes that can be replaced every five years without worrying about deterioration. In the end, over the course of a ten year period, you may spend between $1,800 and $2,100 to maintain an AED at your site. Divide this by ten, and you are looking at spending $180 to $210 per year for the safety and convenience of having an AED in case of an emergency.
You Can’t Put a Price on Safety
Spending around $200 per year on customer and employee safety is negligible when you consider what can be lost by a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A person’s chance of surviving an SCA is dramatically improved if someone steps in to start CPR and use an AED within minutes of the event. Even if you never use the AED, the financial cost is worth the piece of mind everyone experiences when they see an AED sign.
When used as a part of an AED program in your workplace, your employees will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to potentially save a person’s life. For more information on which AED is right for you, contact the equipment experts at Foremost Medical Equipment today.