Automatic external defibrillators, more commonly referred to as AEDs, are rapidly becoming common in workplaces, public buildings, and even homes. Purchasing an AED for your business or home is a life saving decision, but there are many different options available. We have summarized a few key differences between the top 3 defibrillators in the market to help assist with your decision.

Defibtech Lifeline & Lifeline VIEW AED

The Defibtech Lifeline AED has a simple two button user interface, with calm voice prompts, progress lights, and a status indicator. It is used widely around the world and is normally spotted at shopping malls, businesses, community centres, and health clinics. Its roomy handle and rubberized surfaces ensures a secure grip in an emergency. There are no lids or moving parts that could confuse or delay a rescue.

The Lifeline VIEW AED is the lightest device weighing at 3 lbs only and is the first and only AED that shows you a video in full-motion colour. The Lifeline VIEW has a large interactive display that gives you step-by-step instructions for performing CPR, rescue breathing and external defibrillation. It self-tests daily to ensure that it’s ready to be used at any moment. A bright, active status indicator light lets you know the unit is ready. The device is able to provide you the status of the AED, battery and pads expiration dates, and other specifications such as the serial number. Both models are semi-automatic and includes a battery that lasts up to 4 years.

ZOLL® AED Plus® Automatic AED

The ZOLL AEDs are designed and trusted for harsher environments and extreme activities. It has an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of IP55, defined in international standard, that has protection against solid bodies larger than 1mm, and protected against water spray from all directions. However it weighs the heaviest at 6.7 lbs, with a longer battery and pads life up to 5 years.

The ZOLL® AED Plus® Automatic defibrillator uses a Rectilinear Biphasic™ waveform technology, the only waveform that has demonstrated clinically superior results. It is the only automatic device out of the three products discussed on this blog. It detects a shockable heart rhythm, delivers the shock on its own, with no rescuer intervention required. No one needs to push a button. Once the device prompts, “DON’T TOUCH PATIENT,” and the heart analysis begins, if a shock is needed it will be delivered automatically after a brief verbal countdown.

Furthermore, it is the only AED that features Real CPR Help, ™ a tool that can actually see your chest compressions and guide you to the correct rate and depth during CPR. No other AED provides Real CPR Help™.

Philips HeartStart Home/Onsite Defibrillator AED

Lastly, it is also very important to have a defibrillator at our own homes to protect our loved ones. Did you know that when you call the ambulance, the operator will ask whether there is a defibrillator available? An AED will play a critical role in the event that something happens before the paramedics arrive on scene. The Philips HeartStart is a personal home defibrillator that is semi-automatic with a battery that lasts up to 4 years. Smart pads must be replaced every 2 years, and the “Onsite” version even comes with a Fast Response Kit which contains tools and supplies typically needed for patient care and personal protection.

The IP rating is classified at IP21, protecting against objects such as your hands, and protecting against condensation. It is designed to be the easiest to set up, and can be used to treat infants and children as well as adults.