Defibrillator Cost: Common Questions and Answers
If you’re a business owner or the head of health-and-safety for your workplace, you’ve probably heard that an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is an essential piece of life-saving equipment that every office, construction site, school, and any sort of other workplace should have. You might be wondering what this device does, how it works, and what the cost implications are for your organisation, so we’ve gathered all of the important information together in one place so you don’t have to do too much digging.
What Is an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)?
An AED is a piece of equipment that delivers an electric shock to a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). An SCA is when the electrical impulses that control the rhythm of your heart are disturbed, which in turn causes your heart to fail, resulting in a fatal outcome if not treated immediately. The chances of a victim surviving an SCA will increase if defibrillation and effective CPR is used within the first three to five minutes of the cardiac arrest.
How Much Does a Defibrillator Cost?
Defibs come in various shapes and sizes, with different levels of functionality. Some deliver the shock automatically, some require the responder to press a button, and others provide instructions on how to deliver effective CPR – they all deliver the life-saving shock, but it’s up to you to assess what level of defibrillator you will need for your organisation. Prices range from £695 to £1848 (excluding VAT) for public access devices, and between £1800 and £13,995 (excluding VAT) for a high-spec professional manual unit.
How Much Does a Defibrillator Replacement Pad Cost?
AEDs will come with gel-covered electrode pads that are stuck to the patient during defibrillation. Each set of these pads can only be used once, and have to be replaced once they reach their expiration date (if they aren’t used beforehand). Different pads have different lifespans – it depends on the model of defib that you are using – and prices will depend on whether the pads are designed for adult or paediatric use. Prices range from £35 (excluding VAT) to £100 (excluding VAT) for single sets of pads.
How Much Does a Defibrillator Replacement Battery Cost?
Like electrode pads, the price of a defibrillator battery will vary depending on the model and on the battery lifespan. Some models have combined batteries and pads, which means that you won’t have to buy the two separately at the end of their lifespan, while others are separate elements that will need to be purchased whenever each of them individually expires. Batteries start at £74.00 (excluding VAT) and go up to £400 (excluding VAT). Models such as the ZOLL AED Plus take sets of disposable batteries (which have equally long lifespans as specialist batteries), priced at £84.00 (excluding VAT).
How Much Does Defibrillator Training Cost?
Although AEDs are designed to talk you through the defibrillation process, proper AED training equips responders with the knowledge to react swiftly and more confidently. Training costs depend on the number of learners that you want to train, but prices usually range between £395 and £595 (excluding VAT).
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