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Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED)
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Manufacturer: Philips Medical Systems
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Binding: Health and Beauty
Brand: Philips Medical Systems
EAN: 0850633000089
Feature: This item can be shipped only within the contiguous United States. This item cannot be returned and has additional shipping restrictions. See shipping restrictions on this item.
Label: Philips Medical Systems
Manufacturer: Philips Medical Systems
Model: M5068A
Publisher: Philips Medical Systems
Release Date: 2004-10-14
Studio: Philips Medical Systems

This item can be shipped only within the contiguous United States. This item cannot be returned and has additional shipping restrictions. See shipping restrictions on this item.
The first and only defibrillator available over-the-counter that can be used by virtually anyone with the materials included
Easy to use with guided interactive voice instructions
Safely delivers a shock only if needed
Reliably runs daily self-tests for readiness

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Editorial Reviews:

FREE CARRY CASE with each unit purchased! Like other pieces of essential safety equipment, The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator was designed to be safe, reliable and easy to use. With more than 175,000 devices deployed, Philips is the worldwide market leader in portable defibrillators on airplanes, and in airports, workplaces, communities, and homes. The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator is the first and only home defibrillator available without a prescription for use by virtually anyone to help save a life when minutes count. This award-winning defibrillator has consistently been recognized for its ease of use. FREE CARRY CASE with each unit purchased!

Spotlight customer reviews:

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: No panacea, but it does raise survival rate.
Comment: I've deducted a star only for the still expensive price.

As a volunteer EMT-B, I won't quibble with the general ineffectiveness of CPR by itself (without immediate defibrillation) cited by the one star reviewer. But this reviewer citing the New England Journal of Medicine HAT study (April 2008) with regard to this product is a little silly. If you're concerned about overall health policy or making a substantial dent in the enormous epidemic of sudden cardiac death in this country, putting AEDs only in the homes of those who had a myocardial infarction but subsequently been deemed healthy enough not to get an implantable defibrillator (essentially the study sample) would perhaps not give you the biggest bang for your (or your government's) buck. If, on the other hand, you or a loved one does not have an implanted defibrillator and you believe yourself or a loved one to be at risk for sudden cardiac death, because of family history and age, etc., surely it can be acknowledged that having a device like this on hand (yes, if you can personally afford it) would add to one's peace of mind. Here's the key fact in the HAT study, mentioned even in the NEJM editorial that accompanies the HAT study (which in some ways had a problematic sample): The AED was used in 29 unresponsive patients, a shock was advised and delivered in 14 patients, and "only" 4 of whom were long-term survivors. The simple math here is an almost 14% survival rate. That's well above the 1, 2, or even 5% survival rates reported without an AED. That's the families/loved ones/care providers of 29 sudden cardiac arrest victims who don't have to wonder if an AED would have made a difference (since clearly they do in a substantial percentage of cases). Think it was worth it to any of the 4 folks for whom this device defibrillated their heart rhythm? Think those at NBC and Tim Russert's family would have rather had an AED on hand on Friday at the studio rather than having to wait for DC EMS to arrive to attempt defibrillation? When something as shocking and tragic as a sudden cardiac arrest happens to you or someone you care about, you ideally want to know that you (or someone) have done everything that could have been done. While eventual death is a certainty for all of us, and we cannot be held accountable for what we do not know and for controlling all circumstances and we can't have an ambulance follow us around every minute of our lives, if you are unable to say that a defibrillation was attempted with a device capable of doing so within three minutes of collapse, you can't know everything was done that could have been done as an AED clearly raises survival rates substantially over CPR alone, even in such a small sample (and in many ways severely problematic sample) as provided by the HAT study in the NEJM. Other studies have shown a far greater impact of essentially the same device when it is installed in airports and other public places. AEDs are the first things to come along to actually help with survival rates in a response/rescue situation. Weigh the price point, certainly, but know that AEDs like this one have saved many lives that otherwise would not have been saved. If price weren't a factor, these should be in every home. Hopefully, some day they'll be as common and affordable as fire extinguishers.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: I have personally used one!
Comment: This is probably the only review of using this product on an actual patient. I'm an Advanced EMT, and work at a couple different places. One of them is a casino, and I provide basic life support first-response there. We purchased this defibrillator for the reviews, and the price. I got a call for a guy that wasn't feeling well, so I headed over. Right when I got there, he lurched up, and slumped over. I checked for a pulse, and found none, so I started CPR and hooked up this machine. It advised a shock... zapped him once, and got a pulse back. By the time the ambulance arrived he was conscious and alert.

The machine was very easy to use, very straight forward. The spoken directions were very clear and calm. It helped a lot to have something so calm during such a chaotic time.

Now for having one in your house: if you've got the money, go for it. I don't feel it's as essential as a fire extinguisher or seat belts, but it couldn't hurt. It'll provide a safe sound of mind. I doubt you'll ever use it, but it's still a nice thing to have.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5
Summary: Defibrillator's vastly overrated
Comment: I've written reviews of this product twice, and twice Amazon has removed them. I'll try again. It is important that the facts about cardioresuscitation be known and not censored.

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports what is well know among experts: that the effectiveness of defibrillators has long been overstated. The new NEJM study finds that people with home defibrillators are no more likely to survive sudden heart seizures than people without defibrillators. The Phillips HeartStart Home Defibrillator was the device used in the study. The study authors conclude that trying to put defibrillators into homes is "inefficient strategy in public health terms"

A forthright article in the journal Clinical Cardiology (Vol. 23 (Suppl. II), II-6 II-16 (2000)), titled "Medical Futility," explains the strikingly limited value of CPR even in the most ideal circumstances. The best medical knowledge shows that defibrillators have very limited value in the best of circumstances, and no demonstrated value for consumers.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Cardiac Arrest - Risk Factors
Comment: This is in response to a few of the posters stating that Smoking, Lack of Exersize, Diet are the biggest risk-factors for a heart attack. That Statement is only partialy true.

While Smoking, Exersize and Diet ARE risk-factors for a heart attack, the BIGGEST risk factor for heart attack is hereditary (Family History).

I Work as an EMT and in the Transitional Care Unit (Cardiac Unit) of the hospital and probably half of the people we see in for heart attack dont smoke, exersize and have a fairly good diet, BUT have a family history of heart attack. - alot of them say "Why is this happening to me? I Ate right, exersized, did'nt smoke."

So while yes, Smoking, Lack of Exersize and a Poor diet all increase the risk of having a heart attack, family history is still the biggest risk-factor of them all.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Comment: I have not used this product but have used AED's from other companies as well as using the hands-on type of defibrillator used in EDs and in ambulances. These devices save lives, no questions asked. I agree with the posters who suggest training is needed. It should be a pre-requisite that one must received at least basic cardiac care/first aid and CPR prior to being able to purchase this device. Basic CPR now includes a chapter on how to use an AED and that training should suffice. After receiving this low level of training and furnishing the card to Phillips, the person should be able to purchase this device. An AED is safe, effective and fills the gap from the onset of cardiac arrest to the arrival of first responders.

My dad died this week in a large city in British Columbia. He was taken to a Walk-In-Clinic as he was 30 minutes away from a hospital, 4-5 minutes away from the clinic. The benchmark standard ambulance response time that most EMS systems try to achieve is 8 minutes. Even with an 8 minute response time, the crew will require at least 30 to 90 seconds to get the equipment set-up and ready to use. Thus, the patient has waited around 8.5 to 9.5 minutes, at a mininum, with CPR only (if the patient is lucky). The likely of a successful defibrillation after 10 minutes of CPR and oxygen ventilation is around 0-25%, since for every minute wasted waiting for defibrillation, the likelyhood of success decreases by 7-10%.

By taking my father the 4-5 minutes to the clinic, before he arrested, and being under the treatment of a medical doctor, was the right choice. But, the clinic lacked this basic but fundemental life saving device. The clinic did not posess an AED. After five 911 calls and 19 minutes of CPR, the first ambulance showed up, and it happened to be an advanced life support crew with all the tools to save lives. After 19 minutes though, the likelyhood of a successful defibrillation is very minimal if not impossible. My father died.

This device would have saved my dad's life. Maybe it will save yours.


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