LIFEPAK: What You Should Know Before You Buy


Shortly after Dr. Karl William Edmark sent an electrical current through a patient’s heart to treat ventricular fibrillation, Physio-Control began to replicate Edmark’s defibrillator in a smaller, more portable machine. A decade later, the company introduced the first portable defibrillator and has been leading the industry in form, feature, and durability.

LIFEPAK AEDs and Defibrillators

Named for their intended use, Physio-Control’s LIFEPAK (without a letter “c” – not to be confused with LIFEPACK) defibrillators come in two types – automated external defibrillators intended for use by non-medical lifesavers and defibrillators with manual capabilities intended for use by medical professionals. Aside from their intended user, the differences between the two designs are dramatic. Automated external defibrillators do not need a lot of interference from the user to be effective. In fact, LIFEPAK’s AEDs feature voice commands and pictures to show a user where to place the electrodes. They are also semi-automatic meaning they require the user to push one button to turn the device on and another to administer a life saving electrical shock. Defibrillators with manual capabilities are designed for the well-trained medical professional.

Physio-Control LIFEPAK 12

An example of a defibrillator

These devices are equipped to monitor the patient, administer an adjustable level of shock, if necessary, and manually pace the heart in situations where an electrical shock is not indicated. These devices also provide added flexibility for both adult and pediatric patients and come in a rugged protective case.

Defibrillators Automated External Defibrillators

The LIFEPAK Difference

LIFEPAK defibrillators and AEDs are among the most durable devices on the market. Equipped with proprietary LIFEPAK TOUGH technology, these defibrillators are designed for the rigors of everyday use as well as the strain of adrenaline-fueled mishandling that may occur in an emergency situation. Despite being dropped, kicked, knocked down, or simply banged around, LIFEPAK defibrillators continue to remain operationally effective when you need them.

What truly sets LIFEPAK apart is the compatibility across devices. Each LIFEPAK AED is equipped with the same technology as the LIFEPAK defibrillators. Since these machines are some of the most trusted devices in the country, it is common to find them in Emergency Medical Services vehicles. All EMS personnel need to do is unplug the AED and plug the same electrodes into their LIFEPAK defibrillator for continuous monitoring across devices. This not only saves time in transport and helps with patient care, but it also allows medical personnel to collect data once the urgency of the situation has passed. It is this critical data that can provide insight into the patient’s cardiac arrest and illuminate a potential cause.

AED Physio Control Lifepak CR Plus

The Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus Fully Automatic AED is designed for anyone to use

Before purchasing another’s company’s defibrillator or AED, consider LIFEPAK, one of the most trusted brands in cardiac care. These durable, versatile and intuitive devices are designed with a target user in mind and provide an added piece of mind for years to come. To get yours, visit Foremost Medical or contact a customer service expert who can help you select the LIFEPAK defibrillator or AED that is right for you.