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16/Nov/2022

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a device used to help individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. With its sophisticated technology, it can analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, provide an electrical shock or defibrillation to help restore it to normal.

As cardiac arrest can happen anywhere and at any time of the day, it’s essential that establishments in Singapore have an AED at hand. Along with CPR, using an AED can increase the person’s chances of survival and even prevent their likeliness of developing brain damage.

Does your establishment already have an AED kit? If not, you can always get high-quality AED machines from HTM Medico. But if you already have one, you should keep track of how long your AED has been with you and make sure it undergoes servicing conducted by your supplier annually. Like most technological devices, AEDs require regular preventive maintenance to ensure they are functional so that they operate optimally when required. On top of that, your company’s emergency response team should also conduct frequent checks on your company’s AED even when not in use.

Over time, your AED may grow obsolete. The average AED can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, depending on how they are stored and how often they are used. But it’s recommended that when your AED kit has been around for about 10 years, you should have it replaced with a newer model. Older AEDs may end up becoming less effective and efficient in times of sudden cardiac arrest, which could compromise the victim’s chances of survival.

If you’re still not convinced about getting the latest AED kit for your establishment, here are more reasons why you should invest in them:

1. Less time on manual inspection

What’s great about modern AED kits, like the LifePak CR2 defibrillator, is that they are easier to maintain compared to older defibrillators where you will need adequate training to determine if there are any issues with the device or not. Specifically, our AED comes with the LIFELINKcentral AED Program Manager that’s linked to the device, so users can remotely monitor the AED’s readiness information, location of usage within Singapore, and battery and electrode status, among others.

2. Easier to use

Today’s AED kits, like our HeartSine AED and LifePak CR2 defibrillator, are designed to be more user-friendly to rescuers, especially lay rescuers of all skill levels, for more effective use.

Unlike other AEDs in Singapore, we have AED models that come with easy-to-understand visual and voice prompt guides, so rescuers have their very own trainer in the form of our CPR Advisor through the entire resuscitation process. The CPR Advisor will give them feedback on the force and rate of compressions as they perform CPR before the emergency medical team arrives. The CPR coaching functionality not only improves performance but also increases the hands-on time and reduces pauses in CPR, which makes a significant difference in lifesaving outcomes.

3. Improved features

Every modern AED machine comes with different features that help rescuers respond to sudden cardiac arrest immediately and effectively. With HTM Medico’s HeartSine AED and LifePak CR2 defibrillator, you get a full suite of features that help improve the chances of survival and reduce the likelihood of debilitating conditions, like brain damage.

Aside from CPR coaching and easy-to-use functionality, both models are durable as they are designed to be resistant to dust and water.

One of the features that are unique to the HeartSine AED is its smart pre-charging mechanism that reduces the time required to analyse the ECG. It can detect and confirm the presence of a shockable rhythm to charge the AED, preparing the AED machine for a life-saving defibrillation shock. It also comes with a Pediatric-Pak with pre-attached electrodes that deliver guidelines-recommended energy levels to children who may be experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Moreover, this PadPak combines the battery and electrode pads into a single cartridge containing one expiration date to monitor.

On the other hand, the LifePak CR2 Defibrillator has QUIK-STEP electrodes that can easily be peeled off the base for faster side-by-side placement during the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. It comes with the highest available energy with up to 360 joules for more effective shocks as needed. Additionally, it can offer bilingual instruction with two pre-set languages for you to choose from. When opting for the LifePak CR2 defibrillator, it goes hand-in-hand with the LIFELINKcentral AED Program Manager where you can check the defibrillator’s status.

Partner with HTM Medico for High-Quality AED Kits in Singapore

If you’re looking for a reputable provider of AED machines in Singapore, you can turn to our team at HTM Medico. We have been awarded the single largest AED contract in the country, instaling AED machines in all Singapore schools and a number of Singapore Army Camps.

Should you want to invest in your employee’s training in CPR and AED, you can sign them up for our CPR + AED training courses in Singapore. With this, they will learn all the skills and techniques needed to accommodate those who are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Expect experienced trainers who will guide you through our 3 to 4-hour training course, so you can gain the confidence to act in times of emergencies and ultimately save a life.

To know more about our products and training courses, don’t hesitate to contact us at (65) 6744-5911 or sales@htmmedico.com.sg.


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16/Nov/2022

According to recent statistics, almost 3,000 people have a sudden cardiac arrest in Singapore every year. Cardiac arrest has also been the cause of more fatalities compared to cancer, stroke, or trauma. This indicates that it can happen to anyone anywhere, even in the workplace.

In reference to the updated Fire Safety Act 1993, all establishments in Singapore with Fire Safety Managers are required to have a Company Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT is composed of employees who will act as first responders to prevent any emergency from escalating, including sudden cardiac arrests.

Aside from basic first aid skills, your company emergency response team should undergo cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillators (AED) training in Singapore.

CPR is a technique that’s used in emergencies in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The technique can keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain and other organs until emergency medical treatment can restore the person’s heart rhythm. An AED, on the other hand, is a medical device that’s used to analyse the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of sudden cardiac arrest to restore the heart rhythm to normal. Typically, it is only used when someone is unconscious and not breathing normally following a cardiac arrest.

So, why is it essential that you should invest in CPR and AED training in Singapore for your personnel?

1. When a sudden cardiac arrest happens, time is critical

In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, often, it will take time for the emergency medical team to arrive at your location. With every minute the sudden cardiac arrest victim does not receive proper emergency care, their vital organs begin to weaken.

Therefore, while waiting for emergency medical service (EMS) to arrive, your CERT must be able to readily perform CPR and use an AED to resuscitate the victim. The quick and proper response to such instances of sudden cardiac arrest while waiting for the arrival of EMS can increase the patient’s survival and prevent the likelihood of them being in critical condition.

2. It increases the chances of the person’s survival

Overall, learning CPR alone has its benefits. The personnel can perform the appropriate procedures to ensure that the person’s vital organs receive the oxygen required to maintain necessary bodily functions, especially if it’s in a place that may not have its own AED kit. However, learning how to use an AED machine, in establishments that have one, can make a significant difference in the victim’s survival rate.

According to the European Resuscitation Council, when CPR is performed along with the use of AED within 3 to 5 minutes of collapse or before EMS arrives, the victim’s chances of survival increase by up to 75%. This means that employers in Singapore should consider investing in CPR + AED Certification courses for their company’s emergency response team to promote better workplace safety.

3. It prevents the chances of brain death or other conditions

Aside from the life-threatening risk of a sudden cardiac arrest, the prolonged lack of oxygen in the brain can cause serious lifelong damage to the victim. When a cardiac arrest happens, the heart will stop beating and the victim’s vital organs would not have the oxygen it needs. As a result, the brain, specifically, will be unable to deliver the electrical signals that it needs to breathe and function.

Therefore, it’s imperative that within the first 2 minutes of the cardiac arrest, CPR is performed to keep oxygen-rich blood flowing. If after 3 minutes no one has performed CPR, and there is a lack of blood flow, it may lead to brain injury, which can progressively get worse as every minute ticks by.

If the victim still is not attended to within 9 minutes of waiting for emergency medical services, brain damage is more than likely to occur. Even if the person is resuscitated once the healthcare professionals arrive, 8 out of every 10 victims will be in a coma or sustain a level of brain damage. Decrease the likelihood of disabilities in victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the workforce by ensuring personnel are capable of performing CPR and using defibrillators with high-quality training.

Have Your Personnel Join Our CPR + AED Certification Course

At HTM Medico, we have a CPR + AED Certification course that combines the CPR practice and the use of AED simultaneously. Our trainer will guide you through the technique of executing proper CPR and how to use a defibrillator when a sudden cardiac arrest happens in the workplace. This course lasts for 3 to 4 hours and is accredited by the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC). By the end of this course, members of your emergency response team will receive a certification valid for 2 years. You can also get our AED trainer and accessories, so you can practise your skills in using an AED machine.

If you’re looking for a high-quality defibrillator for sale in Singapore, get yours at HTM Medico as well. We are a reputable supplier of defibrillators in Singapore that has partnered with numerous organisations in the country. Our AED machines will ensure your peace of mind as your personnel will have the right equipment should any cardiac arrest happen at any time. Choose the HeartSine AED and the LifePak CR2 defibrillator for your workplace today.

Feel free to contact us at (65) 6744-5911 or sales@htmmedico.com.sg to learn more about our CPR + AED Certification course in Singapore and AED machines.