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Defibrillators are devices that give an electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is a common problem in the UK, with thousands of victims a year, making it highly likely an incident might occur in your workplace. They are not required by law to be fitted in workplaces, but they increase the likelihood of survival if a worker or visitor goes into cardiac arrest. According to the Resuscitation Council UK, defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50–70%. Defibrillators have also changed and improved a great deal in the past few years, and they are now easier to use, all modern AEDs can be used with no prior knowledge or training.

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Defibrillator Expert Advice and Help

What does AED stand for?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.

Why you should buy an AED for your workplace?

In the UK each year, there are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

If CPR and defibrillation does not occur, every minute that goes by reduces the person's chance of living by 10%. However, as shown in the graph below if CPR and an AED is used the probability of survival is 24% higher.

Graph of the probability of cardiac arrest survival

This shows the importance of a defibrillator. Although it is an investment, a defibrillator will not need to be replaced once bought. It is one piece of equipment that could save a person’s life.

Learn more by reading this real life story about Stan Webster, who worked in a manufacturing plant, and how the ZOLL® AED Plus® saved his life. Click the image below:

Heroes For Life with two figures and a heart

Although the law does not require defibrillators to be fitted, they are a wise investment for offices, as well as schools, nurseries, train stations and other public areas such as gyms, cinemas, theatres, doctor’s and dental surgeries. When it comes to health and safety, you can never be too careful, and a defibrillator could save the life of an individual suffering a cardiac arrest. Make sure to buy a defibrillator for your workplace today.

How does a defibrillator work?

When a person goes into cardiac arrest their heartbeat becomes irregular, so an AED sends out a high energy shock to try and restart the heart’s regular rhythm. This is called defibrillation. If this procedure is carried out within a few minutes the person has better chances of survival.

How to use a defibrillator?

Using a Zoll AED

Watch the video to see how easy it is to use the Zoll AED 3:

Also, this video shows how to use our Mediana Heart on Defibrillator to give you a guide on what you should do if you see someone in cardiac arrest. This is a similar process that can be followed with all of our defibrillator brands.

To use an AED, you first need to recognise that a person has collapsed and that it may be due to cardiac arrest. Then you should attach the two adhesive pads to the bare chest of the victim. Most AED’s come with audible step-by-step instructions on how to use the machine when they are needed.

Can use of an AED damage a casualty or make symptoms worse?

Defibrillators detect heart rhythms and will only deliver a shock if it is needed, therefore it's impossible to use an AED incorrectly.

How to choose an AED?

Like the rest of our first aid supplies, our range of defibrillators will help ensure your workplace is as safe as possible for workers and visitors. Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death, and as they are now even easier to use there really is no excuse not to have one in the workplace. It’s not just first aiders who can use these life saving devices, anyone can help save a life with an AED.

Which Defibrillator Should I Buy?

An Expert Defibrillator Comparison Chart

Use our defibrillator comparison guide to discover the features and differences of the AEDs we sell here at Seton. This will help you to make an informed decision and you can refer to the glossary below for an explanation of each technical specification.

ZOLL AED 3™Zoll green AED with screen ZOLL AED Plus®Zoll green AED Lifepak CR PlusLifePak CR Plus defibrillator Mediana HeartOnMediana HeartOn red defibrillator CardiAid®CardiAid AED
Paediatric Mode
Press button to change mode

With Pedi-padz

With Infant Electrodes

Use switch to change mode

With Paediatric Pads
Battery Life 5 Years 5 Years (if not used) 2 Years 5 Years (standby mode) 2 Years
Battery Type Disposable battery User replaceable batteries Internal battery – non replaceable

CHARGE-Pak battery charger available to recharge after the defibrillator has been used
User replaceable batteries User replaceable batteries
Pads shelf life 5 Years 5 Years 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
Pre-connected pads
IP Rating 55 55 X4 54 X4
Fully-Automatic version
Semi-Automatic version
Visual prompts
Text prompts
Voice prompts
CPR Help
Metronome
Warranty 6 Years(8 if registered with ambulance service) 5 Years (7 if registered online) 8 Years 5 Years 2 Years (includes annual service)
Weight (kg) 2.5 3.8 2 2.65 3.1

Paediatric Mode

When using an AED on a child between 1 and 8 years it is recommended to use a reduced shock where possible. Some defibrillators require the electrode pads to be changed to specific ones for child use, whereas others can attenuate the shock simply by pressing a button or switch.

AED Batteries

How long does a defibrillator battery last? As you can see from the table above, this can vary depending on the type of AED, but most last 2-5 years. The battery should be checked routinely regardless of the expiration date to ensure the defib is ready for an emergency at all times.

Electrode Pads Shelf Life

Defib pads have a limited guaranteed life span from the date of production due to their chemical composition and therefore come with a best before date.

Pre-connected pads

Having the ability to pre-connect the electrode pads can save time in an emergency.

IP Rating

Standing for Ingress Protection, this relates to the AEDs susceptibility to moisture and dust, so you should consider the type of environment and volume of water and dirt in the surrounding vicinity.

The first digit relates to how the AED is protected from dust and solid objects:

  1. Protection from objects 50mm +
  2. Protection from objects > 12mm
  3. Protection from objects > 2.5mm
  4. Protection from objects > 1mm
  5. Protection from dust
  6. Completely dust tight

The second digit relates to how the AED is protected from moisture:

  1. Protection from vertically falling water drops
  2. Protection from vertically falling water drops and drops up to a 15० angle
  3. Protection from vertically falling water drops and drops up to a 60० angle
  4. Protection from water splashing from all directions
  5. Protection from water jets from all directions
  6. Protection from powerful water jets from all directions
  7. Full submersion up to 1 meter for 30 mins
  8. Any submersion

Semi Automatic Defibrillators vs Fully Automatic Defibrillators

  • A semi-automatic device requires the user to press a button after applying the electro pads, allowing them to check bystanders are standing back before delivering the shock (no one should touching the casualty when a shock is delivered).
  • A fully automatic AED will deliver a shock to the patient without any interaction from the user, which means the defibrillation can begin quickly once the electrode pads have been attached to the casualty. Only one action is required by users so it is therefore simple to use.

Some AEDs such as the ZOLL AED 3™ and ZOLL AED Plus® provide improved support for rescuers in the form of CPR feedback. By monitoring the speed and depth of chest compressions and providing audio or visual instructions, such feedback can guide rescuers to deliver better CPR quality and consequently, according to studies, improve survival rates. The Cardiaid® provides metronomic signals that give a clear rhythm to follow throughout the CPR process.

For more guidance on how to choose the right defibrillator for your workplace please call our team on 0800 316 9700.

Best AED for Schools and Educational premises:

green Zoll AED 3For schools including colleges, sixth forms and universities, the ZOLL AED 3™ is the best model as the electrodes can be applied to children or adults as they will automatically adjust. Also, it has visual prompts to ensure that anyone (non English speakers or people that are hard of hearing) can use the device. This defibrillator can be automatic or semi-automatic. The semi-automatic version could be safer to fully ensure no one is touching the casualty when the shock is provided. Alternatively, the Mediana Hearton also offers a switch operated child shock mode.

Best AED for Offices

LifePak CR Plus AEDThe Lifepak CR Plus is ideal for offices as it is designed so that any personnel, trained or untrained can use the device. The fully automatic AED has a straightforward two-step process which includes turning the device on and applying the electrode pads to the casualty. It is also simple and affordable to maintain.

Best AED for Outdoor Work Environments

Red Mediana HeartOn Defibrillator with AED preparation kit and SD cardThis defibrillator automatically turns on when the lid is opened to ensure that defibrillation can start as quickly as possible. The Mediana HeartOn defibrillator comes with a prep kit making it ideal for outdoor use as it has all the supplies with the defibrillator to help with cutting the clothes to ensure the chest is bare for example as these supplies might not be as accessible when working outside.

Defibrillator Storage, Signage & Accessories

You will need to consider when investing in a defibrillator for the workplace are storage and signage. If your workplace does not have a designated first aid room, ensure you purchase a cabinet to store the defibrillator in.

Also, buy one of our AED signs available in a wide range of sizes which will alert workers and even passers by to the location and presence of the defibrillator in a clear and eye-catching manner, which can be crucial in the event of an emergency.

Discover our wide range of resuscitators and face shields, which can prove vital where CPR is necessary.

Buy a Defibrillator Now

You now have all the information you need to choose which defibrillator is right for your workplace so ensure you buy now. If you need more guidance please don’t hesitate to ring us on 0800 316 9700.

Here at Seton, we are an authorised distributor of AEDs so you can purchase with confidence. We provide fast delivery to ensure the best customer service satisfaction and to make sure you have a defibrillator on your work premise as soon as possible.

Zoll Authorised Distributor BadgeWe have special recognition from Zoll. You therefore can trust that you are buying the highest quality automated external defibrillator that will help to ensure that someone’s life is saved. The Zoll brand provide equipment that is used in hospitals across the UK, which means that you can be 100% sure that this is one of the best brands to purchase on the market.

This is an important piece of medical equipment that can save someone’s life. Why wait any longer without an AED. Buy Now.

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