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AED for Home

  • 1.  AED for Home

    Posted 04-21-2021 13:15
    Hi all,

    I'm a new member and am curious how many of you have an AED at home, or have an AED you would recommend for home use?

    I've read/heard these are good options for home use:

    Philips HeartStart Onsite AED 
    Defibtech Lifeline AED
    ZOLL 3 AED

    Thanks in advance for any info!

    Mike Hammer

  • 2.  RE: AED for Home

    Posted 04-27-2021 11:43
    I've owned a Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator for over 7 years. Philips is one of the most common brands used by paramedics nationwide. Benefit of that is continuity of care - pad wires are compatible with paramedics' equipment. [Give your local fire department a call for that information]

    Although the unit is costly, it's like insurance - gives you peace of mind. Be sure to plan for "maintenance" costs. Philips states that the included adult pads are usually good for at least a couple of years (gel in the sealed package will dry out with time) and the battery is good for 4 years. I found the battery information to be fairly accurate (been warned to check the date when delivered). As one would expect, the pads are still moist when replaced by the expiration date.

    Also consider adding a shaver if chest hair is an issue and adding heftier scissors/trauma shears with one blade serrated that can cut through layered clothing that has no buttons or zippers. Another item you'll find in my provided AED case is the 14-minute DVD to review annually as recommended.

    I take my AED 'on the road' but not on trips involving flight. Note: some countries may not allow it. Besides, most airports (and airplanes?) have these units available.

    Bradley Yeung
    Lynden, WA

  • 3.  RE: AED for Home

    Posted 05-10-2021 16:25
    Hey Bradley,

    Thanks for the information, I appreciate it! Good thoughts on the razor/shaver for chest hair...the small things you don't always think of.

    Mike Hammer

  • 4.  RE: AED for Home

    Posted 05-21-2021 12:22

    I'm not sure if my previous post went through (I'm not seeing it), so I thought I'd try again. I've read the HeartSine 360P AED is also a good one for home. There are a number of AED for home articles (such as that one) that provide good insights. I'm guessing you looked at that one though as your list of AEDs in question appears to match.

    Todd Donald