Q&A with Blaire and Leigh: HeartSine Samaritan PAD

Blaire and Leigh are discussing the features and benefits of the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P/360P and 450P. We have taken some of our most common questions from customer conversations to highlight the most important facts about owning one of these Automated External Defibrillators.


Leigh: Blaire, after over 7 years of working with every brand of AED on the market, what are your favorite, unique features of the HeartSine Samaritan PAD AEDs.

Blaire: I like how lightweight and small the AED is yet it’s also extremely durable. I always recommend this AED to anyone who always needs to carry an AED with them. A lot of times parents who have a child with a heart condition are looking for an AED they can throw in their bag. The Samaritan PAD AED weighs only 2.4 lbs and has a pad-pak, which is a battery/pad combination with the same expiration date. Not having to keep track of two separate expiration dates really eases their minds as well. Another great feature is the IP rating. The IP rating is 5.6, which means it has an extreme dust and water protection making it a good option for boaters.


L: I had one customer call in and ask this question just last week. What is the main difference between the 350P and 360P models? Most other AED sites just list the 350P model.

B: The only difference is the 350P is semi-automatic and the 360P is fully automatic. Semi-automatic AEDs require a button to be pressed to deliver a shock, while fully automatic AEDs deliver the shock on their own.


L: What is different about the 450P, other than it being a newer model in their line?

B: In June of 2015, HeartSine introduced the Samaritan Pad 450P that added the Integrated CPR Rate Advisor technology. The size of the AED did not change (it is still the smallest and lightest AED on the market) but the ability and performance of the AED changed by adding this technology. The integrated CPR Rate Advisor uses information provided by the electrodes to provide real-time visible and audible feedback to the rescuer on the rate of chest compressions during CPR by saying “push faster,” “good speed” “push slower.” It also reminds the rescuer to start CPR again if no shock is detected. CPR keeps the victim’s blood and oxygen moving to allow for the best possible outcome once the AED delivers the necessary shock therapy. Having a device that provides feedback on the CPR given is a huge benefit! Not only does it help the rescuer stay calm, but it also provides outstanding care to the victim.


L: How is the Heartsine “Pad-Pak”, or Samaritan battery pack, different from other manufacturers’ batteries on the market?

B: The Pad-Pak is a battery/pad combination. The pads and battery have the same expiration date. This is a great benefit because it reduces the chances of forgetting to replace the pads or battery. The pad-pak slides in the back of the unit and is very easy to replace.


L: Which Heartsine Models are compatible with the Pad-Pak? 

B: This is one of the things I love most about the pad-pak. It is compatible with ALL HeartSine AED models (the Pad 300, 350P, 360P, and 450P) It makes re-ordering the pad-pak very simple. If you know you have a HeartSine AED, you know exactly which Pad-Pak you need to purchase. The only thing you need to specify is if you want the adult pad-pak or pediatric pad-pak. Both carry a 4-year expiration date. The pediatric pad-pak is recommended for anyone 8 years or younger or 55lbs or lighter.


L: How long do the Heartsine Samaritan Battery and PadPaks last before they reach their expiration date?  Why is it important to replace these before reaching expiration?

B: The pad-pak has a 4-year expiration. It is important to replace the pad-pak at the end of the 4 years. For an AED to provide the right kind of therapy to a victim, the AED pads must make proper contact with the victim’s skin.  To help AED pads adhere to the skin properly, a gel is applied to the pads when they are manufactured. Over time, the gel begins to dry out and break down. The pads have an expiration date to help ensure that Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims have the best possible chance of survival.

If you would like more information on the HeartSine Samaritan AED, please give us a call at 1-800-695-1209. We have all brand new and recertified models available!

Written by Leigh and Blaire

Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director

Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.

“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated October 10, 2018

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