Technology | May 03, 2011

New AED Features Includes External Power, Temperature Monitoring for Therapeutic Hypothermia Patients

May 3, 2011 – A new version of the Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillator is designed to help hospital, as well as pre-hospital, teams provide more effective patient care. The 15, when used together with CODE-STAT data review software and the Lifenet system data network, empowers hospital and pre-hospital care teams with a powerful new suite of tools that utilize patient, performance and device data to improve care, trim operational costs and streamline equipment management.

The new solutions strengthen the 15’s position as the most clinically- and operationally-advanced monitor/defibrillator available for emergency medical teams, and include:

• External AC/DC power – Ideal for hospital use or in emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles with AC power. The external power adapter charges the batteries while connected to AC or DC power, providing up to 6 hours of battery run time, and features a break-away connector allowing for immediate portability. New on-screen indicators display external power status and battery charging state.

• Continuous temperature monitoring – Allows clinicians to continuously monitor temperature for therapeutic hypothermia and other critical patients. Patient temperature data can be displayed, saved and transmitted with other monitoring parameters and trended during post-event review with CODE-STAT.

• Continuous waveform capture and storage – Saves waveform data from all three channels (ECG, SpO2, CO2), allowing for more complete post-event review in CODE-STAT. Clinicians can now correlate capnography waveforms with changes in a patient’s status. Additionally, STJ values are now included on the 12-lead ECG printout to help clinicians identify critical changes.

• Automated self-reporting capabilities – Important device information such as device readiness, usage data and battery information can be combined with Lifenet asset to provide customers with a new level of insight into their device readiness, simplifying management of setup options and allowing customers to perform their own device software updates.

As an upgradeable platform, the 15 can adapt to evolving protocols and new guidelines as customers prepare to deliver new capabilities. The 15 provides the widest range of energy dosing up to 360 joules, CPR Metronome for guiding chest compressions and the broadest selection of monitoring options available, including non-invasive continuous EtCO2 monitoring and monitoring of carbon monoxide, SpO2 and methemoglobin offered by Masimo.

For current Lifepak customers, the 15 reduces transition costs, with a user interface that complements the market-leading Lifepak 12 defibrillator/monitor. Emergency care providers are able to work with a mixed fleet of Lifepak monitors and transition their equipment when budgets allow.

For more information: www.physio-control.com

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