Heart defibrillators are a commonly sought after class of refurbished medical equipment. There are two main types of defibrillators, the automated devices used by first responders and often used by the general public, and those that require setting each charge by the user.

An automated defibrillator, also known as AEDs are easier to use because the machine makes the decision about whether or not to shock and how strong the shock should be. This is important for use by regular people who have no CPR training. Most automatic machines give vocal cues, display written instructions, and have lights to indicate what to do. They even have illustrations of where to put the conducting pads.

Using refurbished medical equipment to convert heart rhythms can represent considerable savings. An AED device might cost less than half as much as a new model but will have a warranty and be as reliable as nearly any new device. Refurbished machines are so affordable that smaller businesses and other institutions may be able to afford them when new models would be out of reach.

Defibrillator Questions & Answers

A defibrillator sends an electrical shock to the heart and depolarizes the heart muscles so that a normal rhythm is re-established. It's used in life-threatening situations where the heart's rhythm is thrown off, such as cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. .
Heart defibrillators are available for both external and internal applications. There are two kinds of external defibrillators. The first is an automatic external defibrillator, called an AED, which is used by emergency personnel and private citizens. The AED automatically determines when and how to shock, and can provide vocal, written, and illustrated instructions for use. This automation is critical when untrained people are using the defibrillator without knowledge of how to administer CPR. The other version of the external defibrillator is one that must be used by trained medical personnel, as the charge needs to be calculated and reset for each use. Internal defibrillators include transvenous and implanted versions.
The electrical energy of the defibrillator is delivered to the heart via electrodes, which are placed on a patient’s chest. The calculated electrical shock will restore the natural rhythm of the heart.
The American Heart Association considers rapid defibrillation to be a crucial part of the 5-part “chain of survival” for emergency cardiovascular care and recommends that all first responders, both hospital and non-hospital, be equipped with and trained to use AEDs.
The technique was first presented in 1899, based on animal studies, but defibrillation was not used on a human until 1947. The portable defibrillators commonly seen in ambulances were first introduced in the 1960s.
It is possible to save more than half of the cost of new equipment when purchasing a reconditioned defibrillator, making it an accessibly priced product for small offices and clinics. Be sure to choose a reputable dealer in used medical equipment, and make sure it comes with a warranty.