We love giant things. The world’s largest ice cream sundae gives us a vicarious sugar rush. The world’s largest ball of twine (in Cawker, Kansas) garners thousands of visitors every year. You can even order a 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. But there are some cases when bigger is not necessarily better. When it comes to defibrillators and AEDs, space often determines the type and brand purchased, especially when that space is limited in an ambulance, small clinic or other small space.
The Smallest Portable AED’s
The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 450P is one of the smallest AED’s on the market, but it doesn’t skimp on features. With an 8 year warranty and both adult and pediatric pads available, the PAD 450P has real-time CPR feedback to enable non-medical rescuers to correctly perform CPR. Durable, lightweight and easy to use, the PAD 450P features clear instructions and a single-button design that continues through an automatic protocol with the push of one button.
The Defibtech Lifeline VIEW AED is close behind in size with a small video screen that walks you through the entire lifesaving process. Once turned on, a loud voice prompt and full-color screen monitors a person’s heart rate as well as advises a rescuer when to administer the electric shock with a separate button.
Small Portable Defibrillator
When it comes to small portable defibrillators, the Physio-Control LIFEPAK 12 and Phillips Heartstart FRx are neck in neck when it comes to size. Both feature manual pacing, 12 lead ECG capabilities and post-incident data gathering which enables medical professionals to review protocols once the event is over. While the Heartstart FRx has the longest battery life in the industry, LIFEPAK leads the way when it comes to durability with its tough exterior case, ideal for whatever an emergency throws at it.
Which is right for you?
It comes down to where the device will be used. AED’s like the Lifeline VIEW and Samaritan Pad 450P are meant to be used by non-medical bystanders who happen to be next to a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Through intuitive design and set medical protocols, these machines are meant to take the guesswork out of saving someone’s life. The LIFEPAK 12 and Heartstart FRx are meant to be used by trained medical personnel whose defibrillator needs are much broader than those of a bystander. In addition to monitoring heart rate, these defibrillators are designed to measure a person’s oxygen saturation in their blood, pulse, blood pressure, and cardiac input and output. While a portable defibrillator has an increased level of versatility that an AED does not offer, the skill required to use one exceeds that of the majority of the population. These machines are meant to be in hospitals, medical centers, doctors’ offices, and ambulances. AEDs are meant to be many locations, including airports, schools, city office buildings, stores, and sporting arenas.
Are you still curious which small defibrillator is right for you? The customer service experts at Foremost Medical Equipment can help you select the right defibrillator (in the right size).