Defibtech from Safety Ireland, Life-Saving Technology Within Reach.
For First Response Professionals the Defibtech AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is standard equipment. For schools, offices, stores, shopping centres, factories, and public places, it’s becoming as vital as the fire extinguisher. Ireland's number one top
Free Approved Cardiac First Response - Irish Heart Foundation Course with each unit purchased
Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is a AED?
Answer: AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. An AED is used to administer an electric shock to a person who is having a cardiac arrest. AEDs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.

Question: What does the American Heart Association and the Irish Heart foundation say about AEDs?
Answer: The Irish Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association strongly supports having AEDs in public areas such as sports arenas, office complexes, schools, doctors' offices, shopping centres, golf courses, airports, and other public places. The AHA also advocates that all police and fire and rescue vehicles be equipped with an AED.

Question: What does the Health & Safety Authority in Ireland say about AEDs?
Answer: The HSA now include training in the use of a defibrillator as a requirement for Occupational First Aid.

Question: How does an AED work?
Answer: Two pads, connected to the AED, are placed on the patient's chest. A computer inside the AED analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and determines if a shock is required to save the victim. If a shock is required, the AED uses voice instructions to guide the user through saving the person's life.

Question: Why do we need AEDs?
Answer: AEDs save lives. When a person has a sudden cardiac arrest ("SCA"), their heart's regular rhythm becomes chaotic or arrhythmic. Every minute that the heart is not beating lowers the odds of survival by 7% to 10%. After 10 minutes without defibrillation very few people survive.

Question: What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
Answer: Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart's normal heart rhythm suddenly becomes chaotic. The heart can no longer pump the blood effectively and the victim collapses, stops breathing, becomes unresponsive, and has no detectable pulse. When used on a victim of SCA, the AED can be used to administer a life-saving electric shock that restores the heart's rhythm to normal.

Question: Is SCA the same as a heart attack? 
Answer: No. Both the heart attack (myocardial infarction) and a sudden cardiac arrest have to do with the heart, but they are different problems. SCA is an electrical problem; a heart attack is a "plumbing" problem. Sometimes a heart attack, which may not be fatal in itself, can trigger a sudden cardiac arrest.

Question: Who can have a SCA? 
Answer: Anyone, anytime. Children can have SCAs, teenagers can have SCAs, athletes can have SCAs, old people can have SCAs. Although the risk of SCA increases with age and in people with heart problems, a large percentage of the victims are people with no known risk factors.

Question: What is the recommended treatment for SCA? 
Answer: Defibrillation is the only treatment proven to restore a normal heart rhythm.

Question: How much time do I have to respond if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest? 
Answer: Only minutes. Defibrillate within 3 minutes and the chances of survival are 70%. After 10 minutes, the chances of survival are negligible.

Question: I know CPR; wouldn't it help? 
Answer: CPR only buys a little more time - potentially giving the victim a small amount of extra time until a defibrillator arrives. But SCA ultimately requires a shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. As a result, most CPR training now also includes AED training.

Question: Is an AED complicated to use?
Answer: AEDs are very easy to use. An AED can be used by practically anyone who has been shown what to do. In fact, there are a number cases where people with no training at all have saved lives.

Question: Can a non-medical person make a mistake when using an AED?
Answer: AEDs are safe to use by anyone who has been shown how to use them. The AED's voice guides the rescuer through the steps involved in saving someone; for example, "apply pads to patient's bare chest" (the pads themselves have pictures of where they should be placed) and "press red shock button." Furthermore, safeguards have been designed into the unit precisely so that non-medical responders can't use the AED to shock someone who doesn't need a shock.

Question: Can the AED itself make a mistake?
Answer: It is unlikely. Studies show that AEDs interpret the victim's heart rhythm more quickly and accurately than many trained emergency professionals. If the AED determines that no shock is needed, it will not allow a shock to be given.

Question: What else do I need to do to keep my AED in working order?
Answer: The pad package must be replaced every two years. Otherwise, the AED performs automatic self-checks every day to test its operational readiness. If anything is not fully functional, the unit will make a loud chirp and flash a red light warning the owner that servicing may be required.

Question: What features should I look for in an AED?
Answer: Look for 1) an AED that is easy for non-medical people to use, 2) an AED that is technically reliable, and 3) one that is reasonably priced.

Question: How do I buy a defibrillator - AED?
Answer: Contact Safety Ireland First Response Limited
Telephone: 01-44 22 999
Callsave: 1850 555 999
website: http://www.defibtech.ie
email: info@defibtech.ie

Office Hours: 9am till 5pm Monday - Friday

Safety Ireland First Response is the sole authorised distributor for Defibtech LLC products in Ireland. Only units sold by us or our approved resellers are covered under warranty. We are also an approved training site for the Irish Heart Foundation & the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.  Safety Ireland with Defibtech have the highest level of support available in Ireland for defibrillators. With our main office just off the M50 in Terenure Dublin, and offices in Limerick, Offaly and Wexford we are able to provide the best support and service possible in Ireland.

Safety Ireland Accreditation:

  • Irish Heart Foundation  - IHF -  Approved Training Site.
  • Quality & Qualifications Ireland - QQI - Approved Training Provider.
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council - PHECC -  Recognised Institution.
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - IOSH - Licensed Training Provider.

    Defibtech is a registered Trade Mark in Ireland number 242083 & 246780.

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  • Quality Assured Medical Device - FDA - ISO - CE
    Every defibrillator is not the same. Defibtech units have the highest standard available FDA, ISO and CE certification, don't settle for second best. Always ensure that your unit is approved by the FDA who regulate the worlds largest medical device market, if the defibrillator you are considering purchasing isn't approved for sale by the FDA there is a reason, it didn't meet the highest standard.
    Free Approved Defibrillator Training
    With every defibrillator purchased you can have eight participants trained for free in our training centre in Terenure, Dublin. The training provided is to approved Cardiac First Responder and Irish Heart Foundation level and certificates are issued to each participant.
    Warranty
    The Defibtech AED has a full eight year warranty from the date of purchase. In the unlikely event that the unit requires maintenance you will have a new replacement defibrillator within one working day while the unit is checked and serviced. If you unit can't be fixed you will be issued with a new replacement defibrillator during the warranty period.
    Free Service Checks
    Every two years we can download the information from the location where the defibrillator is installed and do a free full service check this includes any software or protocols updates on the unit to assure you that your AED is ready to perform a rescue. Also anytime you can call into our office to have your unit checked for free.
    24 Hour Irish Support
    If you ever need any assistance just call or email, we are here 24 hours a day to assist you our clients. Even if you need onsite support this is also available nationwide. We can assist you by running a manual self-test on the unit over the telephone.
    Medical Overview
    We can provide you with AED policies for your workplace or community group also after you use your defibrillator unit, if you require we will provide you with a free medical audit as recorded by the unit.
    Review Software
    The defibrillator records medical data internally, which can be accessed with the aid of our free software. An optional data card can be added to record both extended amounts of ECG data and audio for a full event review.
    Call Into Our Office
    Many defibrillators are just for sale over the internet with no real offices based in Ireland. Call into us anytime and view and try our defibrillator products before you buy. You will me able to meet the staff and see the support that is available to you 24 hours a day nationwide.
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    Frequently Asked Questions About AEDs
       
    Details Of Our Quality Assurance Report of the Task Force on
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