Philips Heartstart AED

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This is the Philips HeartStart. Now, with the Philips HeartStart unit, it comes in a case. It has a standard strap on it and the indicator window here will indicate to show you if there are any problems with the unit, so you can actually see through the case without having to open it up all the time. On the front, there's a label and that would just be where you can write the emergency number or details on there. So what we do with this unit is unzip it. Once it's unzipped, the unit is in the case. At the top, we've got scissors, because obviously, we need to cut their clothing, so the scissors are already in there. 

There are also some basic instructions on the top and then we've got the main unit itself. Now, you can use it inside the case, but just for demonstration purposes now we're going to take it out of the case and show you the different features of it. So the unit itself, we have a pads cartridge in the front, it's a little bit different from a lot of other AED units. There's a release button on the top, so you can just pull that and that will take the whole cartridge out and then you can put a new cartridge in. So these are sealed units. So you can have this one which is an adult one, you have child pads and also you have a training pad.

So this unit can be put into training mode, but the only disadvantage is if you're using the unit in training mode you are running from the internal battery of the AED unit. So to put the pads back in, just slide that back in at the top and then that will just click into place. The unit has three buttons on it. The first one is the on/off button and above it is just an indicator light. The middle one is an information button and this will tell you as you're going through, how long the unit's been attached to the person and also how many shocks have been delivered. The final one at the bottom is the shock button and this will flash when we're ready to deliver the shock. Through this front display, you can actually see the date of the pads and when they expire, so you need to keep an eye, as with all AED units, just make sure that the unit is in date. With this unit, you can either turn it on by the on/off button or you can turn it on by just taking away the cover.

Begin by removing all clothing from the patient's chest. Cut clothing if needed. When patient's chest is bare, remove the protective cover and take out white adhesive pads. Look carefully at the pictures on the white adhesive pads. Peel one pad from the yellow plastic liner. Place pad exactly as shown in the picture. Press firmly. Press pads firmly to the patient's bare skin.

So with this unit you can put the pads straight on to the patient, they've got pictures. And this one here's going under the arm and this pad here is going at the top. So very similar to all the other AED units we're looking at. The unit itself will then, once it's gone through and the pads are on, it will go through an analyzing cycle and then it will either give a shock or no shock advised. As the unit goes through, as with a lot of the units, this has got low battery alarms on it. It will tell if there's a problem with the pad placements and then once you finish with the unit, you can turn it off by using the green button. But remember, once this unit has been used, then you're going to need to replace that pads cartridge. So make sure you have a spare cartridge or at least you know where you're going to get them from. But if you don't have spare pads with the unit then you need to make sure that you leave the pads on until the emergency services arrive, just in case the person does go back into cardiac arrest, because you won't easily be able to stick these pads back on, because the dead skin will be over the pads itself.