Hey guys, this is Phillip Woods, the account manager and paramedic with Coro Medical and AED.us. Today I am here with the new LIFEPAK 15 cardiac monitor and defibrillator, the newest monitor from Physio-Control, and designed to replace the now out-going LIFEPAK 12. I am sure you guys are familiar with the LIFEPAK 12 and if you’ve used them before you’ll see there are a lot of similarities here, but Physio [Control] has also added in a lot of new, innovative features really setting this one apart. So, with that we are just going to do a quick 30,000 foot overview of this Physio monitor and then probably do another video getting into some more of the details.
So, on this side, very similar to where everything is going to plug in [on the LIFEPAK 12], we keep it all nice and organized. The difference with this one is that through the partnership with Masimo we are able to offer not just end-tidal CO2 [ETO2] and pulse oximetry monitoring, but real-time SPCO [carboxyhemoglobin saturation] and SpMet®, which I know from the firefighters out there are very important things to be tracking out on the fire ground.
On the EMS side, a couple of new things have to do with the 12-lead monitoring. Rather than jumbling up the whole screen with a bunch of different leads, the LIFEPAK 15 will actually monitor everything going on in the background and alert you to any changes in the STJ segment. This allows you to keep the overall picture still of your patient on the monitor while knowing if something changes. Then if you need to transmit to a hospital, the LifeNet system has already been integrated with most hospitals out there and the LIFEPAK can then transmit via Bluetooth alerting the cath lab and the emergency department as to your arrival with the patient.
Now if things really go south and you find yourself needing to do defibrillation, the LIFEPAK 15 is the only one that will go straight to the 360 joule dose for defibrillation. This has been shown through several studies to reduce the recurrence of refractory v-fib and gives you a better chance of getting out of one of those lethal rhythms quickly. Now, once you are working that code, though, there are several features on here that are really handy; one is the “events” button, allowing you to track events in real time what you are doing during your codes, so no more writing on your glove or trying to scribble on a sheet of paper real quickly as you go, you can just quickly hit “select” on things like an epi administration or an intubation, or an IV or IO. These things are time-stamped and will be included in the Code Stat™ post event review software which is a great for QA/QI allowing us to go back and look at what happened during an event so we can better learn and do better moving forward, which is really the whole goal for our patients.
With that I think we are going to touch on a few more things in the next video, so my name is Phillip again with Coro Medical and AED.us, thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time.
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 November 16, 2021