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The Heartstart M5071A: A “Smart” Replacement Pad

by Tony Myers on 06/27/14

     Defibrillators.  It is one of the most important equipment for emergency first responders.  Used as treatment for lethal and severe irregular heartbeat (cardiac dysrhythmias), uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscles of the ventricles in the heart (ventricular fibrillation), and pulseless ventricular tachycardia.  A defibrillator’s efficiency depends on its electrode’s position.  It is rarely used by children, especially the implanted types, because of the different cardiac anatomy that children possess.

     There are, however, innovative kinds of resuscitation electrodes that have been designed as an adhesive pad, making use of either a solid or wet gel.  The electrodes of these newer models are connected to a defibrillator, similar to how the paddles would be of older models, and machine is charged—its shock, delivered—only when defibrillation is required and without the need to apply additional gel or make use of paddles.

The Philips M5071A is a replacement spare pad for the HeartStart Onsite, Home, or the HS1 series defibrillator of the same company.  It is one of the easiest replacement spare pads to use, having a built-in pull handle that allows you to merely snap the new electrode pad cartridge into place.

The HeartStart M5071A contains two “smart” adhesive pads that are able to sense when it has been removed from the cartridge and applied to cardiac arrest victims, ages eight (8) years and older.  It is also advised that the equipment be used on patients weighing fifty-five (55) pounds and above, and only by someone who actually knows how to use it.

As this is an important piece of equipment, making sure that it is ready for any such emergency is important.  Although there are many types of defibrillators—manual external defibrillators, manual internal defibrillators, automated external defibrillators, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, and wearable cardiac defibrillators—all of them need to be handled with care and kept regularly maintained.

As with all equipment parts, the Philips HeartStart M5071A also needs to be replaced as part of its safety and maintenance procedures.  It is greatly advised that it should be changed every two years, and should be kept out of reach of small children.  Likewise, it is highly advised that the equipment should be stored properly to ensure that it does not deteriorate.

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