Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 people every year. Any time a person experiences a cardiac emergency, time is critical, and the intervention of bystanders can make often make the difference between life and death. For every minute a person remains in sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of survival plummets by seven to ten percent. Without immediate CPR or intervention with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), the chance of surviving until emergency medical personnel arrive is less than 10 percent.
In response to the urgency of medical intervention in sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs were designed for use by bystanders without medical training. Using pictorial descriptions and auditory cues, the makers of AEDs have made it possible for those with access to this lifesaving device to dramatically affect the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest. While AEDs can often be found in schools, airports, doctor’s offices, and gyms, their prevalence in public gathering places is often impeded by their cost.
Fortunately, refurbished AEDs offer the same high-quality, life-saving device at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new model. Many of these models have never been used in emergency situations, but have been exchanged for newer devices. Each AED is then extensively tested, repaired and calibrated for use by another organization or individual. Sold at a nearly 50 percent discount, refurbished AEDs put life-saving technology into the hands of those who need it, without breaking the bank.