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Customization of AED Faceplates

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033874D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 11K

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Abstract

An AED can be designed to accommodate a faceplate that can be customized to a customer's wishes to display branding, names, logo or other indicia. Customized faceplates could be ordered on a website that provided templates for customized design. Customized faceplates for AEDs can be used to encourage sponsorship funding by providing sponsor recognition. Customized faceplates bearing a the purchaser's corporate identity or name gives the AED purchaser an opportunity to build name recognition.

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External Defibrillator Faceplates

Sudden cardiac death is a leading cause of death in the United States.  Most sudden cardiac deaths are caused by ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart's muscle fibers contract without coordination, thereby interrupting normal blood flow into the body.  The best-known effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation is electrical defibrillation, in which an electrical pulse is applied to the patient's heart.  The electrical pulse must be delivered within a short time after onset of ventricular fibrillation in order for the patient to have any reasonable chance of survival.

The current trend is to make life-saving portable medical devices, such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), more widely accessible so that patients in need of defibrillation therapy can be treated as quickly as possible.  AEDs can be found in many airports, golf courses, office buildings, schools, stadiums, and other facilities where people congregate.  Making placement of AEDs less costly or more commercially beneficial would encourage placement of AEDs in more facilities and venues.  One way to do this would be to provide AEDs with a mechanism to display branding, or other indicia chosen by the purchaser, a sponsor or an entity that will place the device at a venue. 

Today’s AEDs are designed with exterior plastic casings that are fitted together.  As with some cell phones, an AED can be designed to accommodate a faceplate – an outer casing, plate or sleeve manufactured to clip or fit onto the device without impacting the device’s performance or visibility in emergency situations.  A faceplate for an AED can be customized to a customer’s wishes by printing, embossing, etching, decals or any other well-known means to apply or embed indicia on or in a surface.  Faceplates could be held on the device by a clip, latch, Velcro strips, double-backed adhesive tape, or other well-known attachment means.

Customized faceplates could be ordered on a website that provided guidelines and templates for customized design.

Faceplates for AEDs can be used to encourage sponsorship funding.  For example, businesses may be more inclined to provide funding to purchase AEDs for youth sports leagues, schools, homeless shelters or other community groups and not-for-profit institutions, if the AEDs would bear a faceplate indicating their sponsorship (“This lifesaving device is provided through the generosity of XYZ Corp.”).  The sponsoring business would benefit from public recognition of its su...