When considering what may be the best defibrillator for home, there are a few key features that may play an important part in the selection process. This may be size of the device, ease of use, the type of electrode pads included, its IP rating, warranty period, or price.
Ease of use, easy to understand and voice prompts that are concise and easy to follow is important, and one of the many reasons why we are seeing an increasing number of defibrillators on the outside of buildings accessible to the public. They are designed for just about anyone to use.
Best Home Defibrillator Australia
At Defibs Direct we range many of the world leading brands of defibrillators. This includes well known and reliable brands such as Philips HeartStart, HeartSine, Lifepak and ZOLL. All these brands feature a long warranty period, up to 8 years which emphasises the quality.
When choosing the best defibrillator for home, here are a few features to look for:
Where size is important, or simply wanting a lightweight portable device, brands such as the Philips HeartStart HS1 or the HeartSine range are popular.
Adult or Universal Pads:
Many defibrillators come with adult pads suitable for ages 8 and up, and paediatric pads can be purchased separately. Universal pads are where the same pads can be used on adult or children, by simply pressing a button to toggle the defibrillator into adult or child mode. When in child mode, the defibrillator will deliver a reduced electrical shock The LIFEPAK CR2 Essential and the ZOLL AED 3 include universal pads.
IP rating indicates the defibrillators protection against shock, dust, and splashes of water. The higher the IP rating the greater protection. Many of the brands already feature a very high IP rating.
Semi-automatic or Fully-automatic:
A semi-automatic defibrillator is where it prompts the user to press the button to deliver a shock after it has finished analysing the patient. A fully-automatic defibrillator will automatically deliver a shock after analysing the patient, e.g., no button press.
We find fully-automatic defibrillators to be more popular when buying for home, as the user may be buying for themselves, and there may be no-one else around in an emergency, and the user may not be able to press the button when prompted. Having the defibrillator automatically deliver the shock in this case is beneficial.
Where the user may be hearing impaired, the semi-automatic model may be preferred, as a great deal can distract in an emergency, and the user may have difficulty hearing when the fully-automatic defibrillator is ready to deliver its shock. In this case it may be beneficial the user presses the button when they are ready.
Popular Models for Home
We have found the following models to be some of our most popular:
1. Philips HeartStart HS1 – due to its compact size, ease of use, and brand recognition. The Philips device has been in the market for decades
2. HeartSine 360P – one of the most compact in our range, high IP rating, and a fully-automatic defibrillator
3. LIFEPAK CR2 Essential – featuring universal pads, high IP rating, adult/child switch, and can increase the level of shock up to 360 joules if required
4. ZOLL AED Plus- features CPR feedback, providing direct feedback to the rescuer on the quality of CPR, e.g. push harder or faster, with a high IP rating.
Whilst these are some of our more popular models for home, we stock a wide range of brands with varying features. If you would like to find out more, feel free to contact us, we are here to help.