Defibrillators are one of the most important medical devices. It is no wonder then that defibrillators are usually only found in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. However, if you know how to make a defibrillator at home you can save lives.
How much does a defibrillator cost?
This depends on the vendor and brand of your device. But usually, a defibrillator costs around $1,000 to $5,000 USD (so don’t go cheap if you plan on making one).
How much is materials used?
Usually all you need for this project is an electric grid meter that can beat at 60hz with 1A current rating (and maybe a soldering iron) which cost about $15 USD. But you will only need 2 metres of 24 AWG PVC water pipe, a few meters of 12AWG power cord (and alligator clamps) and some adapters to make everything fit together as it is stand alone or can be used with other projects also. So generally materials cost around 15USD on average.
Can you have a defibrillator at home?
Defibrillators can be bought in almost every US Wal-Mart and Amazon is also a good source. They typically cost around $500 USD, but there are less expensive versions on the market that do not come with external paddles/trips. There are some people who make their own defibs, you will have to calculate how much effort this way of having one would be for your particular situation: I’ve seen those homemade ones being built in a few hours max. but for me (who is capable of doing small math problems), i think it would take weeks to build such device and someone just starting could not appreciate the labors you will have to make if any type of safety net happens. A defibrillator meant for home use does come with an external paddles/trips, so there’s no need unless you like the idea on making your own.
How long will it take me to build this at home, and what kind of time frame am I looking at in terms of finishing up?
This project should take at most 6-7hrs to finish (and I haven’t done it yet, but after building one i can firmly say that this is not a big trip). You will mainly execute the builds in installments over several months and be satisfied with every part of your progress. In order to bring back my first defibrillator from China I made around 100 trips especially for that because of weight -but if you
can afford it that sounds perfect for you. For example, I think this was about $1250 USD; another way to special order them is via Amazon so if your cost will be half or not as much as mine – it’s possible. Are they sophisticated enough to deal with medical emergencies?
The idea of a defibrillator at home is an interesting one. If you’re someone who has been looking for the right moment to purchase one, now might be the time to do so. While this may not be something that everyone needs, it’s certainly a good idea for those who are in the right place in their lives and have a little bit of extra money to spare. When you’re ready to get started on your project, let us know by filling out our contact form below so we can assist you with anything you need!