Believe it or not I've only used an AED once in my entire career and I wasn't even on duty! It was over 10 years ago on a commercial jet airliner. It was a nice little AED complete with an ECG screen (it's nice to see what you're shocking) made by Philips. Afterwards I did an internet search and my best guess at the time was that the AED on the plane was the HeartStart FR2 or FR2+.
Even though I had never used this particular AED before it was remarkably similar to the Laerdal AED Trainer. The device worked flawlessly and led to a positive outcome. Fast forward to 2011 and Philips has announced the HeartStart FR3, a device that Philips promises to make life-saving faster, easier and better.
Features of the device:
- Small, lightweight and rugged
- Reduced deployment time (automatically powers on when opened and pads pre-connected)
- Patient-specific guidance (chest compressions vs. shock)
- Bright, high-resolution color LCD for use in noisy environments
- Data management solution with efficient event review
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