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Considering a New or Refurbished AED? 3 Things You Must Know

If you’re considering or planning to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED), good for you!

You’re taking a big step toward being prepared to help someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Perhaps you’re concerned you might suffer one and want to equip the people around you, such as family, with an easy-to-use, life-saving device.  

You’ll have some decisions to make before that AED is installed and ready for use. Should you purchase a new AED? What about a refurbished one? What factors should you consider when making a choice?

Let’s explore three things to know that can help you make the best decision for your situation.  

1. Price

An AED is an amazing piece of life-saving technology. With that technology comes a hefty price tag.  A new device can range from $1,400 to $2,100.

If the price tag of a new AED exceeds your budget, a refurbished AED provides a more price-friendly option, typically ranging from $500 to $800.

2. Warranty

The warranty included with new and refurbished AEDs differs significantly, so you’ll need to pay attention.

A new AED will include the full manufacturer warranty, covering the cost of repairs or replacement. The typical warranty for a new AED ranges from 5-8 years and provides you with peace of mind that you’ll have several years of protection should something go wrong.  

A typical refurbished AED warranty is one year. That means you’ll be on the hook more quickly if the device needs repairs or you need to replace it.  

3. Product quality

When you purchase a new AED, you’ll be the first one to remove it from its original package. All its parts and accessories, such as electrode pads and batteries, are factory sealed.   

A refurbished AED will likely already have been used one or more times to assist a person in cardiac arrest. A salesperson from the manufacturer or distributor might have used it in a demo.

Sellers of refurbished AEDs stress that the devices have undergone rigorous inspection, deliver the same voltage as a new device, and meet industry standards. Refurbished devices typically include new electrode pads and batteries. You’d likely be hard-pressed to tell that the device isn’t brand new.

There are some potential drawbacks. The older an AED is, the greater the chance that some replacement parts might no longer be available from the manufacturer. If you decide to go the refurbished AED route, consider purchasing a newer refurbished model to ensure the best chance you’ll be able to find any replacement parts you need.     

So, which is best for you?  

That’s a tough question to answer and depends on what best suits you. It’s best to purchase an AED that fits your budget and that you feel confident using in an emergency. Whichever AED you choose, new or refurbished, you’ll have a powerful tool that can help save a life – including yours.

Here’s the bottom line: an AED is better than no AED.

At Starting Hearts, we can provide you with new AEDs, plus accessories and defibrillator maintenance services. Check us out too for specific training that can make a life-saving difference.

Contact us for more information: [email protected].

 Aileen Aguilar-Frias is a healthcare writer based in California.