SPO2: What is it And What Should Your SPO2 Be?

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There are so many medical terms that are batted about in the doctor’s office and emergency room that it is sometimes hard to keep up. During cold, flu and RSV season, one of the most vital terms is SPO2. Also known as pulse ox, this number represents an estimate of the oxygen levels in a person’s bloodstream. Along with blood … Read More

A Brief Look at Neonatal 12 Lead ECG Placement

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The electrocardiogram (ECG) is arguably one of the greatest advancements in 20th-century medicine. With the ability to see how a heart beats in an instant, the ECG has saved countless lives in doctor’s offices, emergency rooms and hospitals around the world. What we don’t often consider is the skill it takes to use a modern marvel like the ECG, especially … Read More

A Small Portable Defibrillator vs The Smallest Portable AED

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We love giant things. The world’s largest ice cream sundae gives us a vicarious sugar rush. The world’s largest ball of twine (in Cawker, Kansas) garners thousands of visitors every year. You can even order a 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. But there are some cases when bigger is not necessarily better. When it … Read More

Where to Find an AED When You Need One

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It seems as though every time you turn on the news you hear about another young athlete who collapses on the court or field with sudden cardiac arrest. This sudden and potentially lethal condition can strike anyone at any time and at any age. In fact, its frequency has prompted several recent laws requiring certain entities to have an automated … Read More

LIFEPAK: What You Should Know Before You Buy

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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, … Read More

3 Signs Your ECG Leads May Be Misplaced

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Electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the fastest and safest ways out there to evaluate the heart’s ability to contract and move blood. Sticky electrodes are placed on the skin in specific places to measure the heart’s rhythm. These patches are then connected to wires called leads which reads the heart’s electrical impulses and sends that information to the ECG/EKG. (The … Read More

Can’t Miss Autoclave Sterilization Steps and Tips

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The autoclave sterilization process revolutionized the medical industry when it was introduced by Charles Chamberland in 1884. Suddenly, infection dramatically decreased, cross-contamination was a thing of the past, and simple procedures were no longer precursors to long, infection-ridden recoveries. While today’s autoclaves are marvels of modern technology, these can’t-miss autoclave sterilization steps are among the most important for getting the … Read More

3 Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Baby Pulse Oximeter

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Within the last few years, wearable devices for babies have popped up claiming to do everything from preventing SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) to give parents a piece of mind that their baby is still breathing, even while they sleep. While parents have flocked to these devices, there is no substitute for having a clinical baby pulse oximeter in your … Read More

Do You Need an Automatic Transport Ventilator? Take this Quiz to Find Out

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With the frequency of sudden cardiac arrest, the presence of automated external defibrillators in public spaces is on the rise. It seems as though everywhere you look, there is an AED on the wall of every school, gym, airport, and city office building with more and more stores and restaurants following suit. But, did you know that the AED is … Read More

Breathing Machine 101

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There is nothing more frustrating than having a medical emergency and not knowing to what equipment you or a loved one are attached. This is especially frustrating given the misconceptions that surround some equipment commonly used in a hospital. For instance… What is the breathing machine called? In a hospital, there are two ways doctors help a patient to breathe. … Read More