10 reasons to buy a defibrillator

Are you considering investing in a defibrillator for your workplace or local community?

10 reasons to buy a defibrillator
10 reasons to buy a defibrillator

Here are 10 good reasons to buy an AED today, and maybe save a life tomorrow.

Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

In case of a sudden asystole, the electrical system of the heart is corrupted because all of a sudden, the electrical flows no longer work. The heart no longer pumps oxygenated blood to the brain and other organs. Although CPR can maintain circulation temporarily, it is defibrillation that shocks the heart to get it working again.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills too many people

More than 50 people are victims of extra-hospital ACS every year in France. But if more defibrillators were installed in France, this rate could definitely reduce. The survival rate at a cardiac arrest in France is 2 to 3%. It is 4 to 5 times higher in countries where public places are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and where the population is trained in lifesaving gestures.

Cardiac arrest doesn't just happen to others

Some people think that ACS only happens to unhealthy people. This is not true. ACS can strike anyone at any time. It does not discriminate between gender, age or physical condition.

Defibrillation in the first minutes after ACS may increase chances of survival

Rapid intervention by someone performing heart massage (otherwise known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR) on the victim and defibrillation within the first few minutes after the SCA can increase the chances of survival from 5% to more than 50% .When a shock is delivered by an AED within the first 3 minutes after ACS, the chances of survival can be as high as 75%.

In case of cardiac arrest, time is running out!

During a cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Indeed, each minute spent without defibrillation is 10 to 12% less chance of survival for the victim.

Emergency services may be slow to arrive

The average response time of emergency services increases every year in France. According to the study conducted by the General Directorate of Civil Security published in 2016, the average response time of emergency services is more than 13 minutes. In case of cardiac arrest, it is much too long.

Defibrillators can be used by everyone

Since a 2007 decree relating to the use of automated external defibrillators by non-physicians, anyone is authorized to use an automated external defibrillator, whether semi-automatic or fully automatic. You can use them without prior training.

Defibrillators are easy to use

They accompany you step by step during an intervention. They guide you through voice and/or visual prompts, depending on the brand of defibrillator. Most models on the market offer automatic AEDs, this means you are not delivering the shock, it is the who did it.

Making defibrillators available to the public is a civic act

You can protect your employees, your relatives, the inhabitants of your municipality, the members of your sports club... The more defibrillators are installed in France, the more the population will be able to cope with and react to an ACS.

We also remind you that in France, the employer is the guarantor of the safety and health of its employees in the workplace. He must make available in the workplace “first aid equipment adapted to the nature of the risks and easily accessible” – possibly accompanied by an AED.

Defibrillators are affordable

The defibrillator price varies from one manufacturer to another and from one type of device to another. Currently, the average price for a defibrillator is 1500 euros excluding VAT. But let's not forget, buying a defibrillator is an investment to help save lives. This is priceless.

Most manufacturers also offer rental contracts with suitable payment solutions.

Bonus: A defibrillator can one day save one of your loved ones, your favorite colleague, a neighbour, a resident of your municipality...

There are many good reasons to buy a defibrillator. But the most important thing, in the end, is to save lives.

Patrice Groult
I am Patrice Groult, journalist and creator of the 10-raisons.fr website. I have a long experience of the written press and the radio. I got into journalism in 2004 while living in New York. I have worked for several French media, notably Le Figaro and France Inter. In 2016, I decided to create my own website, 10-raisons.fr. The formula was innovative: articles in the form of “10 reasons for...”. I wanted to offer relevant and original content, which allows readers to better understand the world around them. Since then, 10-raisons.fr has been a great success. The site now has more than 3 million visitors per month, and its articles are shared by thousands of people on social networks. I strive to offer quality content and to demonstrate objectivity and impartiality in the treatment of the topics covered.