A married couple walks into a car dealership. One is excited about purchasing a new ride while the other has reluctantly agreed to entertain the thought. As they browse makes and models, interiors, and features, the reluctant partner can be heard saying, “But how much is going to cost?”
The Financial Cost
Truth be told, AEDs are not cheap. Fully automated AEDs with video screen instructions tend to top the price range while semi-automated models with simple displays and features tend to sit near the bottom of the price range. Depending on the brand, features and additional equipment, an AED can cost anywhere from $900 to $3,000. While Foremost Medical Equipment carries refurbished models at a significant discount, they still carry a price tag between $700 and $1,300.
Still with us?
Good, because there is more to this than dollars and cents.
You Can’t Put a Price Tag on a Life
Together with CPR, AED’s have been linked to a significant increase in the likelihood of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Without this technology, a person who suddenly collapses with one of the two “shockable rhythms” that react to defibrillation has just a 10 percent chance of survival. This is primarily due to the amount of time it takes emergency medical personnel to arrive on the scene of this type of an emergency. Even if they can be there in 5 minutes, the victim’s chance of survival has dwindled by almost 50 percent. The immediate intervention of non-medically trained bystanders with both CPR and a shock from an AED is the single greatest indicator of survival from this type of cardiac event.
Better to Have it and not Need it
300,000 people are affected by SCA in the US every year. That means you have roughly a 1 in 100 chance of having a sudden cardiac event that could require a defibrillator. That is approximately the same probability of dying in a car accident. You wouldn’t dream of not wearing a seatbelt because the odds aren’t that high, right?
Consider an AED the seat belt for your heart.
You may never need to use it in an emergency situation. For your sake and the sake of the people around you, we hope that is the case. However, like a seat belt, hurricane shutters, and an emergency water supply, it is better to have it an not need it than need it and not have it.
When faced with the potential cost of not having an AED, the decision to purchase one seems relatively straightforward. The question then becomes, what features are right for the location, needs, and budget. While the options seem overwhelming, the qualified equipment professionals at Foremost Medical Equipment are ready to answer your questions and help you select the AED that is right for you.