- The high level of performance demanded of a Philips HeartStart AED Battery pack requires every cell to have a balanced electrical capacity. Battery cells inside third-party battery packs could be mismatched resulting in dangerous electrical stress on the cell during use, possibly leading to fire, explosion, or the inability to perform a rescue.
- Battery cells inside Philips HeartStart battery packs are carefully aligned, connecting wires are well insulated, and silicone use is kept to a minimum. Battery cells inside third-party battery packs could have misaligned cells that could cause intermittent connectivity, poor insulation that could pose a fire hazard, or excessive silicone that could block venting and increase explosive risk.
- Philips AED batteries contain high-quality welding and a meticulous arrangement of components inside an enclosure that is ultrasoncially welded together, all to ensure that the battery meets vibration, drop, moisture, and thermal requirements. Third-party AED batteries may not be assembled in a way that ensures performance in the wet, rugged environments that Philips HeartStart users often work. Without proper welding, for example, water could pass through the third-party battery and into the AED itself, thereby compromising the integrity of the AED.
- Using a third-party battery inside a Philips HeartStart AED at any time during the service life of the AED will void the Philips warranty because a third-party battery may compromise the integrity of your Philips AED. Furthermore, if any patient use occurs with a Philips HeartStart AED that has ever been used with a third-party battery, or while using a third-party battery, Philips will not be responsible for the AED’s performance.
- The United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) prohibits the shipment of AED batteries by persons untrained in “Dangerous Goods” shipping methods, which include special requirements for labeling boxes that batteries are shipped in. The US DOT can levy fines against both the shipper and receiver of improperly shipped AED batteries. It doesn’t matter if the AED battery is depleted or not; the US DOT requires special handling and special labeling. If you are going to purchase third party batteries that require you to ship AED batteries, you should familiarize yourself with these rules and regulations.
- 510(k) clearance from the FDA does not mean that the FDA has endorsed the product or that the FDA has vouched for the safety of the product. The FDA does not endorse any level of product quality, safety, or reliability through the 510(k) process.
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The Philips M3713A Pads are multi-function electrode pads that can be used for a number of different circumstances. The pads are used in long-term life support systems for patients in advance state of a heart condition. The pads are also part of the supplies in an emergency responders’ kit for use in resuscitation for patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The M3713A can be used for both manual defibrillation and automated defibrillation.
True to its name, it can be used for both children and adults that are more than 10 kilograms in weight. When using AED, the M3713A pads are designed for those who are 25 kilograms and above as the automation signals the release of 500 joules of electrical energy. This amount is too much for children and persons with body weight of less than 25 kilograms.
The M3713A is designed for multi-purpose used as opposed to the highly specific designs in the Philips line of defibrillation pads. However, the pads are best used for automated defibrillation using Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.
What is an AED?
A human body’s heart is like an electric pump that generates electricity for the heart muscles which enables the pumping of blood throughout the body. In emergency cases, and at any time for people with a heart condition, the pumping goes out of rhythm and rigs the system. This leads to the breakdown in the distribution of blood and oxygen in the body and can lead to a number of complications affecting vital organs.
Thus, it is important that immediate response can be had for patients under these circumstances.
AEDs are devices that deliver shock energy to the body in the hope of correcting uneven cardiac pumping activities that may lead to the cessation of pumping by the heart muscles. In previous years, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or CPR is administered manually using brute human force. The introduction of electric resuscitation makes attempts at CPR more effective and saved more lives than before. Further, the AEDs were introduced and makes resuscitation everybody’s business. The AEDs, which are used in conjunction with AED pads, such as the M3713A, makes it possible for any person to respond and administer CPR to a victim or patient. All the responder has to do is follow the instructions in the device, which is usually, just a push of a button to start the diagnostic process, and another push to start the delivery of shock energy if diagnosis proves that a CPR is needed.
Why Is Automated External Defibrillation A Must in Many Places
Because it can be used by almost anybody, AEDs equipped with multi-function AED pads such as the M5073A, is a must in areas where emergency situations are likely to occur. This can be in schools, subways and transport terminals, government offices, workplaces and recreation areas.
The availability of AEDs in these areas has been proven to be lifesavers. Getting treated with an AED is like getting a first-aid treatment for your heart. Statistics showed that survival rate of cardiac arrest cases when treated with an AED is 70% more compared to the traditional CPR.
Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs and the accompanying AED Pads are very important devices that support persons with heart ailments, emergency response services and medical care facilities. It is rising in popularity but currently, its use is usually confined to trained operators of emergency response services.
The automation and the portability of the device allows for the use of the AED by persons without the need of a thorough medical training. Since it is also a diagnostic tool, the device can tell the operator if performing a defibrillation is in order. If warranted, the device and the accompanying pad can run on auto-pilot so that defibrillation can proceed. The only thing that the responder needs to do is to turn the device, and apply the appropriate pad on the patient’s chest. It is but logical to teach everybody on how this device can be used just like everybody else knows how to use a thermometer or a blood pressure reader.
Philips, the company producing the onsite AEDs, is now making available the Philips M5073A Adult Training Pads Cartridges. To facilitate the training for onsite defibrillation for adult victims and patients, training pads are available. These training pads are designed to enable trainees to simulate eight common emergency scenarios by activating the training mode that suspends the device’s ability to deliver an electric shock.
The M5073A Pads also comes with voice instructions to guide trainees in the defibrillation process and learn. Thorough coaching in cardio pulmonary resuscitation is part of the package.
The M5073A training pad cartridge has a clear removable protective lid that comes with a handle, a film cover that may be resealable, as well as a pair of reusable adhesive pads. Pads Placement Guide equipped with an illustrated instruction for installing the cartridge, using the Pads Placement Guide, and repackaging the cartridge after using it are also included.
This M5073A package should allow a number of people to be able to use the device and respond to emergency situations. This will be very helpful for schools, workplaces and public places where expert responders may not be readily available. Immediate defibrillation has been proven to save lives by preventing immediate cardiac arrests in victims in many emergency situations. Unlike a manual CPR, anybody is able to respond with the help of an AED.
Thus, it has always been advocated that AEDs be made available in conspicuous areas in places where people tend to congregate. With this, it is also important to give people in these areas basic information on how to properly use the AED and its accessories. With the M5073A package, training should no longer be inaccessible to those who wish to equip their personnel and premises with this life saving device.
The availability of an AED at home for persons with heart conditions is also seen to be very helpful. Caregivers and other companions at home can now learn how to properly treat their patient using the AED by purchasing the M5073A training package.
In more advanced training scenarios, the M5073A training package may also be used with mannequins instead of actual persons.
You may ask how the HeartStart M5070A battery saves a life, to learn how keep reading and discover how the power of one battery can save up to 300 people. By now you are probably thinking im totally crazy but the truth is it is possible. The HeartStart ref M5070A made for the Heartstart series of automated external defibrillators made by Philips medical. So lets talk about what an automated external defibrillator is and what it does.
Im sure nearly everyone has seen an AED but may not have known it, remember watching a tv show when the patient comes into the ER and is no longer breathing and the DR removes the patients shirt, the DR. grabs the paddles and yells clear and shocks the patient bringing them back to life? Well that was an automated external defibrillator or (AED) although what you seen on tv was probably dramatized to make better tv the AED of today does the same thing but is much smaller and can even be purchased to have in your own home.
Why would you need a portable defibrillator? Patients suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest need an aed to shock their heart back into rhythm. Let’s talk about what Sudden Cardiac Arrest is. Sudden cardiac arrest or (SCA) occurs when your heart's electrical activity becomes disrupted and the heartbeat gets extremely fast (ventricular tachycardia) or chaotic (ventricular fibrillation). Because of this chaotic, often irregular heart rhythm, your heart stops beating effectively and can't adequately pump blood. If you can visualize shaking a bowl of JELLO and how it seems chaotic, you have an understanding of what the heart is doing during SCA.
When you suffer from cardiac arrest, your brain and other organs are starved of blood which carries oxygen and other life sustaining nutrients that it carries. The sooner you restore the heart’s normal rhythm the better, as each minute is crucial in determining your chance of survival and the extent of long term damage you may have. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is another crucial step and can keep some blood flowing to your heart and brain for a short time by the compressions acting similar to the heart pumping. But the only way to restore the heart to a normal rhythm is through defibrillation.
Ok now that you know what an AED is and what it is used for you are probably wondering what the HeartStart M5070A battery has to do with it. The Philips Heartstart AED’s are powered by the HeartStart ref M5070A lithium manganese dioxide, long-life battery with a five-year shelf life plus a (typical)four-year installed life. The Philips brand HeartStart ref M5070A is capable of delivering up to 300 potential lifesaving shocks.
Now that you know how important it is to have a fully charged Heartstart M5070A battery it is up to you to take a look at or ask the business, school, or gym that you may work out at if they have an automated external defibrillator and if they are inspecting and keeping the battery and pads in good working order.
The M5070A HeartStart Battery: What You Need To Know
Purchasing an AED or Automated External Defibrillator for home, school, or office is an important step to saving more lives. You will never know when SCA otherwise known as Sudden cardiac Arrest may strike you or a loved one. That’s why it is so important that you are prepared for an emergency at any time, SCA can occur during a business meeting raking the autumn leaves in your yard even to young student athletes at a high school basketball game.
The HeartStart series of AEDs by Philips has proven to be successful in diagnosing and treating SCA. It is estimated nearly 350000 people in the US alone suffer cardiac arrest and nearly 40000 more could be saved if a simple device like the heartStart defibrillator were more accessible.
The AED is only successful if people are properly trained and the consumables such as the M5070A Battery and M5071A defibrillation Pads are in good Working order, without them the defibrillator will not function. Not every brand of AED or even the same brands use different batteries for instance the Phillips FRX model uses the M5070A and the FR2 utilizes the M3863A.
Purchasing a M5070A Battery
Here are just a few tip to remember before you purchase your next Heartstart Battery.
When does the Heartstart Battery Expire?
This depends on several factors such as when it was installed. If you installed your Heartstart M5070A Battery by the “Install by date”, it will generally last up to 4 years in the standby mode. However, if you installed the battery after this date, the expected life is less. Other factors such as performing manual checks by powering off and on, removing the pads connector, or using the device as a trainer considerably reduce the life cycle of the battery.
How do I know if the Battery needs replaced
Genuine Philips HeartStart batteries are designed for years of dependable service. Made of lithium Manganese not only will they perform for years but are also eco- friendly and can be recycled according to your state and local If When The Philips M5070A Battery is getting to the end of its life cycle, it will emit a chirping sound from the defibrillator. The Status indicator on the front of the AED will also change from the ready status to maintenance mode. When this happens you should purchase a battery as soon as possible and it may also be a good idea to carry a spare.
It is important to buy genuine Philips Heartstart batteries and pads. The real truth is there are many similar generic batteries on the market that claim to be equals but they rarely if ever have the ability to deliver up 300 shocks and do not have a 4 year warranty backed by the largest name in the medical business.