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Knowing which defibrillator to rent can be challenging.
The first, and most important thing to consider, is the type of defibrillator you need. The most common defibrillator is the automated external defibrillator. To determine what you need, always consider the reason you are renting.
If you need to rent a portable, easy to use defibrillator
An AED might be the right option for you. AED’s interface and portability can be controlled by a common person alleviating the need for a trained doctor. AEDs get their name because they auto detect the patient’s heart rhythm within 10-20 seconds typically, then automatically deliver shock. The downside, is that AEDS only treat ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
If you need a more “robust” defibrillator
You will need to rent an Advanced life support unit (ALS). They have advanced algorithms that analyze waveforms, then recommend the charge to be applied. Many of these units have extra capabilities and functionality. These include monitoring carbon dioxide, oxygen levels, blood pressure, and body temperature.
Other types of defibrillators
Implantable or wearable defibrillators, though not often rented, can be used for added support to any of the other defibrillators. When an individual is at risk for sudden heart failure, these devices can be life saving.
Once you determine what functionality you require, match those with the appropriate defibrillator. Renting a defibrillator is often a good choice because you can experiment with its different features without purchasing.
A basic defibrillator includes a power source, electrodes, cables, and connectors. The control box is where the main shock is delivered– typically around 30-400 joules. If you need more specificity for your electrode paddles, a more advanced defibrillator might be a good option. Electrode paddles come in basic types including hand-held, internal, self-adhesive, pre-gelled, and disposable. If you need to rent an easy-to-use defibrillator for emergency use, consider the disposable electrode paddle. The size of the paddle directly effects the resistance. The larger the paddle, the less resistance you have.
Other factors to consider are battery size and make, control box buttons, weight, and the basic design.
Common manufactures include: Lifepak, Weinmann, Schiller, Zoll, Mindray, Philips, CardioLine, Primedic, and HeartSine.