LIFEPAK 9 CARDIAC PHYSIO-CONTROL...
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The LIFEPAK 9 Defibrillator is a therapeutic medical device intended for use by or under the direction or guidance of a physician.
Direct current defibrillation is a recognized means of terminating certain potentially fatal cardiac dysrhythmias. A direct current defibrillator applies a brief, high-energy pulse of electricity to the heart. This energy may be delivered either through extemal paddles. electrodes on the chest, or through internai paddles applied directly to the heart.
Defibrillation is only one aspect of the medical care required to resuscitate a patient in ventricular fibrillation. Depending on the situation, other supportive measures may include:
• Establishment and maintenance of a patent airway
• Ventilation, including oxygen delivery
• Maintenance of blood circulation
• Pharmacological measures
Among other factors. it is recognized that the likelihood of successful resuscitation of a patient is related to the length of time between the onset of ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation. Rapid defibrillation and prompt follow-up care are essential. The physiological state of the patient may affect the likelihood of successful defibrillation or skeletal muscle contractility. Thus, failure to convcrt the dysrhythmia or to resuscitate a patient is not a reliable in<licator of defibrillator performance. Similarly, the patient's muscular response to the defibrillator shock is not a reliable indicator of the energy delivered.
Daily testing is important to determine the state of readiness of the equipment. In addition, the device must be kept in proper operating condition at ail times through routine maintenance and repair by a qualified service technician.