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World Journal of Emergency Medicine ›› 2016, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (2): 138-146.doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2016.02.010

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Characterization of available automated external defibrillators in the market based on the product manuals in 2014

Chik Leung Ho, Ka Wai Cheng, Tze Hang Ma, Yau Hang Wong, Ka Lok Cheng, Chak Wah Kam()   

  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong, China
  • Received:2015-08-03 Accepted:2016-03-16 Online:2016-06-15 Published:2016-06-15
  • Contact: Chak Wah Kam


BACKGROUND: To popularize the wide-spread use of automated external defibrillator (AED) to save life in sudden cardiac arrest, we compared the strength and weakness of different types of AEDs to enable a sound selection based on regional requirement.
METHODS: This was a retrospective descriptive study. Different types of AEDs were compared according to the information of AEDs from manuals and brochures provided by the manufacturers. Fifteen types of AEDs were divided into 3 groups, basic, intermediate and advanced.
RESULTS: Lifeline™ AUTO AED had the best performance in price, portability and user-friendly among AEDs of basic level. It required less time for shock charging. Samaritan PAD defibrillator was superior in price, portability, durability and characteristic among AEDs of intermediate level. It had the longest warranty and highest protection against water and dust. Lifeline™ PRO AED had the best performance in most of the criteria among AEDs of advanced level and offered CPR video and manual mode for laypersons and clinicians respectively.
CONCLUSION: Lifeline™ AUTO AED, Samaritan PAD defibrillator, Lifeline™ PRO AED are superior in AEDs of basic, intermediate and advanced levels, respectively. A feasible AED may be chosen by users according to the regional requirement and the current information about the best available products.

Key words: Automated external defibrillator, Electrodes, Pads, Cardiac arrest