Do the math on your AED

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


By Dan White, EMT-P, as told to PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie

“When it comes to purchasing an AED you should care more about the cost than the price,” says Dan White, EMT-P and author of a regular column entitled Insights on Innovation for PoliceOne’s sister site EMS1.

White, who presently serves as the director of Corporate Planning & Product Development for AllMed, explains, “What I mean is that only when you have added up all the costs, both to own and operate your AEDs, can you make any reasonable comparison. If the batteries and service cost twice as much with Brand A over Brand B, a lower initial price on the device can be quickly lost. Take the time to look at your estimated number of cardiac arrests the AED will serve annually, and add up all the costs before you jump at the lowest AED price.”

White also says that you may want to consider purchasing an AED supported by clinical specialists. “Often a local distributor representative with clinical experience can help a lot when it comes time to train everyone,” he says.

Be sure to ask what that cost is as well, and do the math to determine your total cost of ownership.

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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