Nelco First Aid

5 Years? How Does ZOLL Do That?

Starting in October, 2006, all CPR-D•padz™ shipped by ZOLL Medical Corporation have a shelf-life of 5 years, rather than 4.

We have made this extension of the pads’ shelf-life with improved gel and electrode chemistry.

ZOLL is the only AED manufacturer that develops and supplies its own defibrillation electrode pads.

Our CPR-D•padz have always been able to last 4 years (twice as long as our competitors’) because we use a “sacrificial element” as part of our patented electrode design. To guarantee good electrical contact with the patient’s skin, all electrode pads require the presence of a gel with salts in it to conduct electricity. These salts will, over time, corrode the tin in the electrodes. As this corrosion develops the pads will eventually lose their ability to conduct adequate electricity. Electrode pads made by all other manufacturers cannot be relied on to conduct electricity adequately after 2 years, and must therefore be replaced. ZOLL’s sacrificial element chemistry provides extra material that interacts with the salts because it is chemically “more attractive” than the tin, so for several years the salts in the gel react with the added material (the “sacrificial element”) before they begin to react with and corrode the tin.

We have now improved this chemistry to guarantee a shelf-life of 5 years rather than four.

WE DO NOT STOCK AEDs at our West Fargo warehouse. We want your pads and batteries to have the maximum life expectancy upon installation. Typical delivery is 1-2 weeks. Please give us a call and we will verify stock with our distributor, prior to placing your order or making any promises. Thank you!


The ZOLL AED Plus® supports rescuers better than any other AED because it’s the only AED that offers:

  • Real CPR Help® that can see your chest compressions and provide real-time, interactive, instantaneous feedback that guides you to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommended rate of 100 compressions per minute and 1½ to 2 inches deep.

  • Real CPR Help means it works all the time in every rescue. Other AEDs don’t work when it’s time to do CPR because they are blind, can’t see your chest compressions, and can’t really help you.

  • Support for the complete Chain of Survival as taught by the AHA, starting with checking responsiveness and ending with CPR.

  • Fast, accurate, and easy electrode placement with a one-piece electrode pad for that lasts five years and comes with a complete rescue accessory package including scissors, gloves, and barrier mask.

  • Power from an array of ten lithium camera batteries (available at retail) whose fail-safe redundant circuitry guarantees rescue-ready power for up to five years.

  • A zero-dollar total cost of ownership for the first five years of use, and the lowest total cost of ownership over ten years. No need to replace electrode pads or batteries for up to five years.

  • Help for rescuers in the form of audio prompts, text messages, and highlighted graphical icons.

ZOLL’s AED Plus also offers UNSURPASSED:

  • Durability and ruggedness. It is protected from any kind of dust or water spray with its Ingress Protection rating of IP55.
  • Battery architecture. Unlike every other AED, the AED Plus has two separate, redundant power circuits – each powered by five lithium batteries. These two circuits back each other up. Each can be called on to replace the other if for some reason one circuit fails. A single circuit of five batteries is fully capable of developing a shock of 200 joules all on its own. When the AED Plus presents a red X and tells you to “change batteries,” there is still enough power available for more than 50 shocks.
  • Upgradeability. The very first AED Plus ever shipped by ZOLL in 2002 is still in service and was upgraded with ZOLL’s Intelligent Pediatric Capability in 2004. In 2006 it was upgraded further to conform to the AHA’s 2005 Guidelines. Each upgrade took a few minutes, was performed by users on-site, and required a software change via its infrared port and minor labeling modifications. The total cost per upgrade was about ten dollars.

Zoll AED Plus

The Zoll AED Plus defibrillator is fully automatic with Real CPR Help technology guides rescuers in performing high-quality CPR and provides integrated audio and visual feedback to support you throughout the rescue.

​The Zoll Fully Automatic AED Plus delivers a shock on its own when a shockable heart rhythm is detected.
The CPR feedback tool is able to actually see what you are doing and provide feedback to help you do it well.

Audio and visual prompts help you rescue with confidence and clarity.

Unmatched by any other automated external defibrillator (AED).

#8000-004007-01....................................AED Plus

#8900-0800-01...........................Replacement Padz

#8000-0807-01......................Lithium Batteries 10pk

#2891..........................20" x 20" x 7" Medium Cabinet

#2892...........................20" x 20" x 12" Large Cabinet

OSHA 3185-09N (2003) 

Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace Automated External Defibrillators

Improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

There are 220,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work.​

Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical system personnel results in only 5-7% survival.

Studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.

Automated external defibrillators

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device designed to analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the heart rhythm to normal. Ventricular fibrillation is the uncoordinated heart rhythm most often responsible for sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when ventricular fibrillation takes place or when the heart stops beating altogether. Without medical attention, the victim collapses, loses consciousness, becomes unresponsive, and dies. Many victims have no prior history of heart disease and are stricken without warning.

Causes of sudden cardiac arrest

• Heart attack

• Electrocution

• Asphyxiation (loss of consciousness and death caused by inadequate oxygen in the work environment, such as in a confined space).

Reasons for AEDs in the workplace

• Workers may suffer sudden cardiac arrest while on the job.

• Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time, and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive.

• A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock.

• The AED is compact, lightweight, portable, battery operated, safe, and easy to use.

Placement of AEDs

• AEDs should be conveniently installed to ensure response within 3-5 minutes.

• Areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings.

• Close to a confined space.

• Areas where electric-powered devices are used.

• Outdoor worksites where lightning may occur.

• Health units where workers may seek treatment for heart attack symptoms.

• Company fitness units and cafeterias.

• Remote sites, such as off-shore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipe lines.

AED program cost

AEDs cost $1200-$3000 per device. Training, annual retraining, and administrative costs are additional.

AED training

Your workers can easily be trained to:

• Recognize sudden cardiac arrest and notify EMS personnel,

• Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),

• Provide early defibrillation with an AED, and

• Care for the victim until EMS personnel arrive.

For more information, visit the OSHA website at

Effective February 3, 2022: All AEDs and professional defibrillators must be FDA-approved

under the premarket approval (PMA) regulation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified all AED and professional defibrillator owners, users, and prescribers that effective February 3, 2022, accessories for non-FDA approved AEDs and professional defibrillators will no longer be supported by the manufacturer.

This regulation impacts all AEDs and professional defibrillators that do not carry FDA premarket approval. In accordance with the FDA requirement, accessories (including, but not limited to, batteries, cables, hardware, and therapy electrodes) and service will no longer be available for these devices.

What action should you take?

Take inventory of your AEDs and professional defibrillators and check them against the FDA-approved devices list.
If any of your devices are not included on the FDA-approved devices list, contact us for information about how you can transition to FDA-approved devices.

Zoll AED Plus, Wall Cabinet with alarm,

mounting hardware + installation by Nelco Representative​
$2,250.00 (ballpark price)

This price is subject to change without notice.

Please contact us for an exact quote, as prices in this market have seen sudden increases.


The ZOLL AED 3 defibrillator is a winner of the OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety)

New Product of the Year and is the 5 Star Winner of the World of Safety & Health Award 2020 in recognition of outstanding product development and its ability to improve workplace safety.
[Occupational Health and Safety 2020 New Product of the Year] [WSHA Award 2020]