Physio Control LIFEPAK AED Defibrillators
A true pioneer in the art and science of manufacturing a top-quality defibrillator, Physio Control (formally Medtronic) has been producing defibrillator and equipment for more than 60 years. Medtronic's first contribution to the health care industry was a wearable, battery-powered cardiac pacemaker. Physio's defibrillators have been setting the standard for more than 50 years. Their newest line, the Physio-Control AED Defibrillators, makes it clear that they’ve put their experience to good use without sacrificing the innovation that keeps them at the top of the industry.
Importance of AED Defibrillators
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time, in any place and to anyone, no matter how young or old, and no matter how good their health. Being able to treat someone experiencing SCA within the first five to ten minutes of the attack is vital to saving his or her life. Left untreated, the victim will die. Administering AED treatment within the first five minutes can determine whether or not the victim will return to a normal life or if neurological (brain) damage will occur. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not always enough; being able to defibrillate the heart is the only effective way to treat SCA.
Lifepak CR Plus & Lifepak Express AEDs
The Physio Control, formally Medtronic LIFEPAK CR Plus AED and the LIFEPAK EXPRESS AED were created to be used in any setting, whether it be in a public place or at home. These automated external defibrillators are designed for minimally trained first responders. Each Medtronic AED gives the rescuer clear and simple voice directions one step at a time. Both machines are built with the same advanced defibrillation technology that hospitals and emergency personnel use. Both AED models use biphasic technology and both are lightweight and portable.
The LIFEPAK CR Plus AED is available in both semiautomatic and fully automatic models. When using the automatic model, all a first responder has to do after assessing the victim, is open the device and apply the electrodes. The Medtronic defibrillator will take over, analyze the heart’s rhythm and decide if and when the heart needs to be shocked.
With the semiautomatic model AED, once the same first two steps are completed, and the machine has assessed the victim’s heart rhythm, it will tell the responder if a shock is needed, and when to push the button to administer the shock.
Understanding SCA & Importance of CPR
Sudden cardiac arrest is a major public heath issue. Approximately 350,000 Americans die from it every year. SCA strikes suddenly and usually without warning. It occurs when the heart experiences a “quiver,” or a rapid, irregular rhythm, which inhibits proper blood flow to the body and the brain. If left untreated, this ventricular fibrillation will cause death in as few as ten minutes, and brain damage in five minutes.
How will you know if a person is suffering from SCA? The first signs of trouble are when a person collapses, stops breathing and loses consciousness. Calling 9-1-1 and administering CPR are necessary first steps, but if the heart’s rhythm is not defibrillated within the first few minutes of the collapse, CPR will not be enough to save the victim’s life. CPR is important because it continues to supply oxygen to the brain and other organs, but it cannot restart the heart. An AED needs to be used along with the CPR; defibrillation is the only way to re-establish a regular heartbeat. If defibrillation is not achieved, only about four percent of victims will survive. If an AED is used, survival rates have been shown to be above 50 percent. These rates of survival can climb even higher if automated external defibrillation is completed within the first three minutes of cardiac arrest.
Benefits of Implementing an AED Program
Implementing an AED program in your place of business, at schools and in public gathering places can help save lives and prevent medical liability issues. Perfect for use in the front office, as well as the warehouse, assembly line and places in between, adding a Medtronic defibrillator – or buying in bulk for medium to large-sized businesses – has become an increasingly popular and smart business decision – not to mention a smart health decision. In addition to business use, these AEDs are also being integrated into CPR training at swimming pools, baseball fields, parks, community events and more. Almost any public place can benefit from the protection of a Medtronic defibrillator.
Having an automated external defibrillator in your home is a good idea, too, especially if you have risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest. SCA is usually unpredictable, but there are some factors that may place you at more risk. These include;
- History of heart disease or heart rhythm disorders
- Previous heart attack(s)
- Family history of SCA
- Personal history of SCA
- Congestive heart failure
- Low ejection fraction, a measure of the heart’s ability to pump blood
If any of these factors apply to you or a family member, you should consult with your doctor for a cardiac assessment and consider purchasing a Medtronic AED unit for your home. Although pre-existing heart disease is a common cause of cardiac arrest, many people have no known heart problems. SCA can happen in children as well as adults, but the chances of experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest do increase with age.
Compact, easy-to-use and invaluable in an emergency, a Medtronic defibrillator can truly be a lifesaver. Every year, preventable deaths and injuries occur because of the lack of an automated external defibrillator. Today, you can buy this device for your home or work at a fraction of the cost of the therapy or loss caused by its absence. The Medtronic LIFEPAK CR Plus, 1000 and EXPRESS defibrillator models are all made for lifesaving use. With audiovisual cues from the machine, almost anyone can quickly use the step-by-step instructions from the machine to rescue a patient. The more customizable Medtronic defibrillator models can be programmed and used by advanced CPR practitioners for basic life support protocols.