Which defibrillator is right for me? Leave a comment

The statistics are frightening – over 30,000 people have a cardiac event outside of a hospital environment every year and with every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 10%.

It’s fantastic that you’re ready to invest in this lifesaving technology, but with the vast range of devices available, how do you know which one is right for you?  It’s a significant investment and there’s a lot to think about so we want to help you be sure that you’re selecting a product that is right for your needs and circumstances.

Here are top five things to consider before making your purchase.

Purchasing options

There are two main options for equipping your premises with a defibrillator – outright purchase or leasehire.  With devices starting at £839, purchasing a defibrillator outright gives you clarity of ownership and the knowledge that from a budgeting perspective, the investment has been made and can be accounted for. However, for many organisations it can be a big commitment and so leasing on a monthly basis from as little as £20 per month means you can benefit from access to your own life-saving defibrillator without needing to make a significant outlay to do so. We offer a range of financing options so that you can breakdown the cost of defibrillator ownership into a package that works for you and your business.

Budget and costs

The budget you have available will help you decide whether purchase or leasehire is the best option for you to access a defibrillator and be on your way to saving lives.  There are some other financial factors to think about too though.  Regardless of your financing preference, you will need to make provisions to ensure your device is properly maintained and serviced to keep it working in tip-top condition and you’ll also need to make sure that accessories like pads and the battery are replaced as needed so make sure you work these into your budget.

Automatic shock (fully-automatic) or manual intervention (semi-automatic)?

When a medical emergency occurs, it puts a huge amount of pressure on the person who is going to administer the defibrillator regardless of whether they’ve had training.  You can choose whether the technology you invest in gives the critical shock automatically or whether someone is required to push a button to do so, as we offer a range of devices in both categories.  Where your device is going to be located and whether it’s likely that whoever is using it is trained or not on how it works should influence this decision, as both are indicators of the type of person that will typically be involved in administering help and deploying the defibrillator.

Location

Where you decide to put your device and how you store it are important for many reasons, not least to make sure it’s as accessible as possible in the event that it’s needed.  If you are in a commercial space of any sort (such as an office, shop, leisure or sports venue), then you are likely to find a home for your device within your premises.  Make sure you have adequate signage so that everyone on site knows where to find it and take care to store it safely and securely so that it doesn’t get tampered with or mis-used.  If you decide to make your device accessible to the public or are a community organisation looking to provide a defibrillator for community use then we’d recommend storing outside on the wall of an easily accessible and visible building.  We offer secure, heated cabinets that offer a perfect storage system for your device and that can be quickly accessed should the need arise.

We offer a vast range of defibrillators from brands including Zoll, iPad and Heartsine that will suit every budget and environment.  Give our experts a call today and let us help guide you to the right choice.

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