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How to choose a defibrillator

Who wants to buy a defibrillator, may not see the forest for the trees. Especially when you are about to do so for the first time. The range of products is rather big! We aim to simplify the process for you to make the best choice possible. This selection help helps you bring down the number of products to those which are suitable for you.

All defibrillators save lives

There are quite a lot of different defibrillators from different brands. First of all, please note that all defibrillators save lives. Regardless of the type or the brand. Each and every defibrillators must be able to do the same thing: to explain how to start the resuscitation, to analyse the heart rhythm and based on that outcome, to deliver or not to deliver a shock.

Important rules which apply to all defibrillators:

  • All defibrillators assist you through the resuscitation with clear voice prompts.
  • As soons as you switch on your defibrillator you will hear the instructions.
  • All defibrillators have batteries and electrodes that have to be replaced at regular intervals.
  • All defibrillators follow the official resuscitation guidelines and have proved to be safe and effective.

Big distinction: fully automatic and semi-automatic defibrillators

One of the biggest differences between defibrillators is the version of it: it is either fully automatic or semi-automatic. A fully automatic defibrillator will indicate whether a shock is necessary and if that is the case, the defibrillator will shock the patient itself. A semi-automatic defibrillator will indicate if a shock is needed and if so, you must push a button to deliver the shock. Both fully and semi-automatic defibrillators save lives.

Which defibrillator should I buy?

For choosing a defibrillator it is important to check which specifications you need. What kind of defibrillator you need depends on the location of the defibrillator and who would be going to use it. For example, is the defibrillator located in a workshop? Then it needs to have a higher dust resistance than a defibrillator in the office. The so called IP-rating is an important factor for choosing the defibrillator. In addition to that, you an have a look at specifications like multilingualism, CPR feedback and the possibilities for ECG-display for professionals.

On our webshop you can find a defibrillator for each usage situation. To simplify your choice, we created specific user groups with applicable defibrillators for each group.



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Need help choosing the right defibrillator for your situation?

In case you still don’t quite find what you are looking for, please contact our specialists for personal advice. is brand independent and therefore we do not just recommend our personal favorite but rather the defibrillator which fits your wishes. Get in touch with us by chat (in the lower right corner of the screen), send an e-mail to [email protected] or directly phone us at 01223 790124.