The Philips HeartStart OnSite has dominated the market of inexpensive and easy-to-use AEDs since its launch. The first commercial AED available without a prescription, the Philips HeartStart OnSite is the smartest choice for anyone looking to increase their preparedness in their home or office while keeping costs down.
The Philips OnSite has numerous features that set it apart from competing models. The design and construction are nearly perfect. Both incredibly small in size and light in weight, the Philips HeartStart OnSite weighs only 3.3 pounds. When a rescue forces you to travel a distance with your AED, we guarantee you’ll appreciate the light weight of the Philips HeartStart OnSite.
The Philips HeartStart OnSite is also one of the easiest if not the easiest AEDs to administer therapy with. The Philips OnSite features voice prompts that provide clear voice instructions to guide responders through each and every step of both defibrillation and CPR. Simply pull the green handle of the Philips HeartStart OnSite to turn on the AED and you’ll be guided from start to finish. For an untrained layperson forced to respond, this feature alone could very well be the difference between life and death.
The Philips HeartStart OnSite also determines if a heart rhythm is shockable and if it isn’t, it won’t deliver a shock. If a shock is indicated, the Philips HeartStart OnSite directs you to press the Shock button, which conveniently flashes orange. The Philips HeartStart OnSite will then deliver a low-energy dose of biphasic therapy, one that is both gentle to the heart and highly-effective. If a shock is not needed and CPR is instead recommended, the Philips HeartStart OnSite will notify you of this and instruct you through the CPR process via voice prompts and instructions.
Not only does the Philips HeartStart OnSite provide the usual instructions for recommended CPR therapy, the Philips OnSite even provides unique information such as frequency and depth compressions and the administering of breaths to the patient.
There is also maintenance of your AED to consider, and, as always, Philips has you covered. The Philips HeartStart OnSite administers self-tests on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. From checking electrical components, subsystems, battery life and more, to verifying that the pads cartridges are properly installed and in working order, the Philips HeartStart OnSite ensures you’ll be ready when needed.
Convenience and the finest in technology also extends to the Philips HeartStart OnSite electrode pads. Featuring replaceable SMART electrode pads cartridges, the electrodes for the Philips HeartStart OnSite are some of the most advance on the market. The two adhesive pads are able to sense and record when they’re removed from the cartridge and placed on the patients bare skin, adjusting the voice prompts and commands of the Philips HeartStart OnSite accordingly.
The Philips HeartStart Onsite can also be used on patients of any age. The Philips HeartStart OnSite is able to sense when the infant/child SMART Pads Cartridge is installed and automatically adjusts the energy level for infants and children, while also providing unique CPR coaching for children and infants. You can also prepare for those stressful situations with your Philips OnSite by installing the training pads cartridge. The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED will suspend all shock therapy while the training pads cartridge is installed, in addition to walking you through various patient care scenarios.
The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED also features Philips patented Quick Shock. Taking note of findings from the American Heart Association Guidelines, which reported reduction in the interval from compression to shock delivery by even a few seconds can increase the probability of shock success, Philips developed their Quick Shock technology that places the Philips OnSite as the fastest AED in its class for delivering a shock after CPR. Seconds may not sound like much, but we guarantee that in a potential life or death situation, every passing second will be experienced and a matter of seconds may very well can be the deciding factor of the survival for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Our bottom line, the Philips HeartStart OnSite is a fantastic AED for the home and office, one that can easily be used by the trained responder and those with little to no experience whatsoever. The Philips OnSite is small, lightweight, features an 8-year warranty and a 4-year battery warranty, clear and easily understood voice prompts, and more. If you’re in the market for an affordable AED that can be used by just about everyone, the Philips HeartStart OnSite is a wise choice.
Philips HeartStart FRx | Review
Building upon Philips reputation of over a century in technological advancements, the Philips HeartStart FRx is part of the Philips HeartStart line of AEDs. Technically more advanced than the Philips OnSite, the Philips HeartStart FRx was created for first responders subject to a variety of situations that can often be too demanding for most AEDs. If your AED is likely to be used outdoors, the Philips FRx is highly recommended.
The design of the Philips FRx is near flawless, being one of the smallest and lightest AEDs on the market. Weighing only 3.5 pounds, the sheer lack of weight makes the Philips FRx a great AED for first responders and those that may be required to travel to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The Philips HeartStart FRx is also incredibly rugged, being able to withstand jetting water, loads of up to 500 pounds, and one-meter drops onto concrete.
Simplicity is also key for both trained and lay responders, and as to be expected, the Philips FRx has been designed to make the rescue process as simple and easy as possible. CPR Coaching is provided by the Philips FRx, in addition to intuitive and easy-to-understand icon-driven operation. Through clear and calm voice commands coupled with descriptive visual icons, the Philips FRx guides you through every step of the defibrillation process, even down to minute yet crucial details and reminders, such as calling emergency rescue personnel and services.
When you’re in a rescue situation, simply press the blue i-button of the Philips FRx and the HeartStart CPR Coaching will be activated. For an untrained layperson forced to respond to sudden cardiac arrest, this simple feature could very well be the difference between life and death. And for those trained, simple guidance is always appreciated to help calm those nerves.
Ease of use also extends to the Philips FRx electrode pads. Utilizing Philips patented SMART Pads II, the Philips FRx enables you to save valuable time by utilizing pre-connected pads that provide therapy for both adults and children alike. With the ability to be used on adults and pediatric patients, the Philips HeartStart FRx allows you to save money by eliminating the need to purchase both adult and pediatric electrode pads.
When treating an infant or a child, simply insert the Infant/Child Key into the Philips FRx and the AED will adjust itself to render therapy and its audio instructions for pediatric patients. The pads icon also flash to show responders the appropriate pads placement for younger patients, in addition to reducing the shock energy level to a more appropriate level for an infant or child (considered less than 55 pounds or 8 years of age).
Wireless data transfer is also available on the Philips HeartStart FRx. Providing a mobile, wireless solution for data management using the palm handheld platform, the Philips FRx features an inferred data port for easy and simple data transfer without hard-wire compatibility issues or the need for expensive cables.
The Philips HeartStart FRx also features Philips SMART Biphasic technology. The Philips FRxs biphasic waveform delivers a highly effective yet gentle defibrillation shock, providing therapy that is efficient yet gentle to the patients heart.
The Philips HeartStart FRx also features SMART Analysis, a feature that enables the Philips FRx to shock only when needed. SMART Analysis automatically assesses the patients heart rhythm and will not deliver a shock unless determined to be shockable even if the Shock button of the Philips HeartStart FRx is pressed.
The versatility of the Philips FRx also extends to its compatibility with advanced defibrillators. Once EMS help arrives, the handoff is both fast and easy, enabling valuable seconds to be saved. With Philips HeartStart FRx adapters, pads can be plugged into AEDs from other manufacturers to ensure continuity of care.
The Philips HeartStart FRx also includes Philips patented Quick Shock. After the American Heart Association Guidelines reported a reduction in the interval from compression to shock delivery by even a few seconds can increase the probability of shock success, Philips created the technology that places the Philips FRx AED as the fastest in its class at delivering a shock.
Maintenance for the Philips HeartStart FRx is also a cinch. The Philips FRx is powered by an easily replaceable four-year battery. The Philips FRx conducts automated daily, weekly and monthly self-tests, ensuring its ready when needed. The Philips FRx also tests its own functionality down to calibration of its circuits to the readiness of your pads. With over 85 tests, the Philips HeartStart FRx is one of the most comprehensive self-testing AEDs on the market, making ownership virtually maintenance-free.
In summation, the Philips HeartStart FRx comes with one of our strongest recommendations. Best suited for first responders and rescue situations in and out-of-doors, the Philips FRx is an exceptional device that will have any AED program will equipped.
What does the College Say?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. An AED is applied outside the body. It automatically analyses the patients heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat. If, as a result of the shock, the patients heart resumes beating normally, the heart has been defibrillated. In the May 2007 Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, guest article by Dr. Dan Haas, Professor of Pharmacology in both the Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Toronto, outlined the benefits of the use of an AED and introduced the concept of these devices becoming standard equipment in a dental office.
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