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Defibrillator/Pacemaker/Physiologic Monitors

Definition : Devices that combine in a single unit the capabilities of external defibrillators and cardiac pacemakers and can also monitor several physiologic parameters. The devices usually can operate in automated, semiautomated, or manual defibrillation modes (manual mode can be used only by healthcare staff with advanced life support training). These devices typically include a main unit with appropriate generators to provide output for external cardiac defibrillation and pacing; a display that shows physiologic data and waveforms as well as directions for use when in automated defibrillation mode; attached cables for external application of transcutaneous electrical impulses to the heart; and ports for detachable monitoring and bioelectrical cardiac signal sensors. The equipment can also operate as an external cardiac pacemaker sending periodic electrical pulses (i.e., pacing). The equipment is also capable of measuring and displaying in real time (i.e., monitoring) several physiologic parameters such as non-invasive blood pressure, methemoglobin, and oxygen saturation (SpO2) as well as bioelectrical signals from the heart (ECG waveforms). The combined devices are used mainly for patients suffering cardiac arrests; some rugged versions are intended for emergency situations in the field.

Entry Terms : "Defibrillators, Monophasic, External" , "Defibrillators, Biphasic, External" , "Defibrillator/Monitor/Pacemakers" , "Defibrillator/Monitors" , "Monitor/Defibrillators" , "Defibrillator/Pacemaker/Monitoring Systems"

UMDC code : 33053

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