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Every minute matters

A SCA victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent for every minute without defibrillation.2 Readily accessible AEDs increase public safety for your customers, clients and employees.


Intuitive lifesaving devices

After training in the use of an AED, nearly anyone can use an AED to save a life. Our highly intuitive devices provide clear, simple guidance to ensure proper use by nearly any trained bystander.

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Whether you need one AED in your community center or 1,500 across your global enterprise, we’ll work with you to find the products and programs that best meet your needs.

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Survivor story

Staff Mechanical Engineer Roger Hildwein suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at an onsite gym on Stryker's Redmond, WA campus in February 2020. Hear his story - in his own words.

About sudden cardiac arrest

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Importance of public access defibrillation

Learn why public access defibrillation is more important than ever.

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SCA versus heart attack

Understand the differences between a heart attack and SCA and the best treatment for each.

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The chain of survival

Having an AED on site and knowing CPR are so important for improved patient outcomes that the American Heart Association (AHA) includes both in their chain of survival.

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Frequently asked questions

What is an AED?

AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are small electronic devices designed to allow minimally trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of SCA.

AEDs are small, lightweight and very easy to operate. Many are about the size of a lunch box and have adhesive electrode pads that rescuers attach to the victim's chest.

AEDs are simple, yet they house the same sophisticated defibrillation technology relied on by emergency medical services personnel and other health care professionals.

How does an AED work?

An AED is programmed to tell rescuers exactly what actions to take during a sudden cardiac arrest using voice and visual prompts. Rescuers attach adhesive electrode pads to the victim's chest. Through these electrodes, the AED is designed to automatically analyze the electrical activity of the heart to determine if a shockable rhythm is present.

With voice prompts and visuals, the AED guides rescuers through the resuscitation process, advising when to give CPR. If the AED determines the person's heart may benefit from a shock, it tells rescuers to stand back so a shock can be safely given through the adhesive electrode pads.

(Note: Some AED models will tell the user to push a button to shock and then ‘stand clear’ of the victim, while others are fully automatic and will automatically deliver the shock after giving rescuers a 'stand clear' warning.) 

The delivery of a shock briefly stops all electrical activity in the heart. This brief break from the previous electrical chaos can be enough for the heart to restart with a normal rhythm.

Not everyone can be saved from SCA, even with defibrillation. But early defibrillation, especially when delivered within three to five minutes of a person's collapse from SCA, provides the best chance for survival.


What are the steps in responding to a cardiac emergency?

  1. Start CPR
  2. Ask someone to call 911 and locate an AED
  3. Place electrodes on the chest according to AED instructions
  4. If the AED advises a shock, ensure the area around the person is clear
  5. Follow the voice prompts from the AED until EMS arrives

Who can use an AED?

Anyone who has minimal CPR and AED training can use an AED to help save a life.

AEDs are designed to help people with little training use them safely in tense, emergency situations. They have built-in safeguards and are designed to deliver a shock only if the AED detects one or more shocks are necessary.

Their ease of use and built-in safety mechanisms make AEDs important in a variety of settings including schools, churches, public spaces and other organizations.

Why purchase an AED?

Having an AED close by can mean the difference between life and death for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Time to the first defibrillation shock is the most critical factor in determining survival rates for SCA. With every minute that goes by, survival rates drop up to 10 percent.1 That leaves a window of 10 minutes to potentially save a life, after which few rescue attempts succeed.2

Currently more than 92 percent of cardiac emergency victims die because defibrillation isn't available soon enough.3 Although CPR is essential to maintaining blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body, defibrillation is the single most effective treatment for SCA. Time is of the essence, as death begins in four to six minutes.4

The American Heart Association recommends defibrillation within five minutes or less of collapse. Unfortunately, it takes emergency medical services teams, on average, six to 12 minutes to arrive.5

Time to defibrillation, the most critical factor in SCA survival, can be reduced if an AED is on-site and used on  the victim quickly. This is one of the reasons survival rates improve in communities with active AED programs. Remember, every minute that passes before defibrillation reduces survival rates by seven to 10 percent.

Our goal is to improve SCA survival rates. On-site AEDs can make the difference.

1 Cummins, R.O. 1989. From concept to standard-of-care? Review of the clinical experience with automated external defibrillators. Annals of Emergency Medicine 18: 1269-75.

2 “About Sudden Death and Cardiac Arrest,” American Heart Association Web site, May 2007.

3 “About Sudden Death and Cardiac Arrest,” American Heart Association Web site, May 2007.

4 “About Sudden Death and Cardiac Arrest,” American Heart Association Web site, May 2007.

5 Physio-Control review of clinical literature, May 2007

Which AED is right for me?

With a variety of choices, picking the AED that will work best for your organization is key. Our AED experts can help you choose from a range of features, options and price points. Our broad product and service portfolio enables us to design a customized AED program for facilities of any size, location or capacity. Keep these three things in mind when making your purchase:

  • Versatility- Whether you’re looking for the smallest AED for use in constrained spaces, the most powerful defibrillation at 360 joules or a device that will help you deliver high-quality CPR – our AED experts consult with you to understand your specific needs.
  • Proven technology- Thousands of emergency medical services and hospital teams use Stryker products because they’re proven to work and easy to use. Our AEDs are intuitively designed and built with the latest technology, all while aligning with the most current medical standards.
  • Reliability- Stryker is the world leader in external defibrillator/monitors and emergency medical response products and services.

How do I easily maintain my AEDs?

Having an AED maintenance program is essential to ensure your devices are always in working order.

Our LIFELINKcentral AED program manager allows you to manage various AED brands.

LIFELINKcentral greatly reduces the effort and expense of managing your AED program, while increasing your program’s readiness and effectiveness.

  • Remotely monitor AED readiness information
  • Map view with visual readiness status to drive maintenance checks
  • Receive alerts of situations affecting readiness such as a change in battery status
  • View dashboard with the status of all sites, AEDs, and CPR/AED certifications
  • Receive notifications if batteries or electrodes are expiring or have expired
  • Track additional safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and medical kits

Our AED program management options are supported by trained AED experts who are just a quick phone call or email away. We offer complete solutions from start-up to ongoing management, with the flexibility to customize for your environment and resources.

Pay it forward

Forward Hearts lets sudden cardiac arrest survivors "pay it forward" and potentially save another life by donating an AED to the organization of the survivor's choice.*

Stryker is committed to saving lives and making public access AEDs more readily available in the workplace and community. The donation of a defibrillator through the Forward Hearts program extends this lifesaving technology to even more people, offering many a better chance of survival in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.


*Forward Hearts is available to survivors saved out of hospital in a workplace or community setting by a layperson rescuer. Other exclusions apply. Please contact your sales representative for details.

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1 Source: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000558

2. Cummins R.O. 1989. From concept to standard-of-care? Review of the clinical experience with automated external defibrillators. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 18: 1269-75.