Medtronic manufactures the Lifepak 12 Defibrillator, and calls it the most dynamic and diverse device of its kind. It does have a number of features that do make it outstanding. It uses biphasic technology, rather than monophasic, which uses less power and yet delivers two jolts to the patient’s heart instead of one. Since it weighs only fourteen and a half pounds, it is compact and portable. It also offers a variety of pads: the standard paddles, or pediatric ones (for children), paddles, and/or internal pads that can be sterilized.
In these modern, high-tech high-speed days, nearly every aspect of human life is subject to being made obsolete, very quickly. So, another positive feature of the Lifepak 12 is that it can be easily upgraded. New features and enhancements can be added as system changes are needed, and (at least according to the maker) it is at a reasonable price. In addition, it is compatible with QUIK-COMBO pacing / defibrillation / ECG electrodes and it allows for multiple parameter monitoring: stable oxygen saturation monitoring, oscillometric noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) monitoring among them.
The device is also setup to monitor end-tidal CO2 (EtCO2) for patients that are either intubated or non-intubated by using patented Microstream, capnography technology and FilterLine™ accessories. As an added plus, even in a situation of high humidity, all of these features are able to function properly. The Lifepak 12 also has a patented program (the GE Marquette 12SL) for ECG analysis that provides industry-standard interpretation. This will prove invaluable in making treatment decisions for the patient.
As if that isn’t enough, the machine has a regular laundry list of features. Trending of vital signs gives medical staff the ability to rapidly evaluate any changes in the patient’s condition. The condition of the heart and any risks to it are easily tracked, the ST-segment deflection of the cardiogram is measured every 30 seconds, and it has two channels of invasive pressure monitoring with waveform and numeric display. One truly outstanding aspect is its ability to interface with a Bluetooth wireless communication system. This allows for easy transmission of the 12-lead ECG and all patient data.
The Lifepak 12 Defibrillator comes in AED, manual or both, depending on the skill and comfort level of the users. Add in noninvasive pacing, pulse oximetry (SpO2), 12-lead ECG, EL or LCD display, capnography and noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP), and the device can be seen to be an outstanding kind of defibrillator.