Blood Pressure Monitoring
This chapter explains how to monitor blood pressure (NBP) using the HeartStart XL+.
The HeartStart XL+ measures blood pressure for both adult and infant/child patients using the
oscillometric method. Systolic, diastolic and mean measurements are provided. Alarms are available to
alert you to changes in the patient's condition.
NBP measurements can be taken in Monitor, Manual Defibrillation (including Synchronized
Cardioversion), and Pacing modes. NBP is not available in AED Mode. NBP measurements can be taken
automatically on a pre-set schedule or manually on demand.
Use the Patient Category
When pressing the Patient Category button, all parameter alarm limits and initial inflation pressures
change to the new patient category. These changes are retained when you switch modes.
For patients that are ≥ 25kg or ≥ 8 years old, use Adult patient category.
For patients <25kg or < 8 years old, use Infant/Child patient category.
The neonatal patient category is not supported.
While an NBP measurement is in progress, the current cuff pressure is displayed in the Parameter area.
Once the measurement is complete, the values for systolic, diastolic and mean pressure are displayed
along with the measurement schedule (manual or automatic intervals) and a time stamp (see
WARNING: Do not perform NBP monitoring on patients whose upper arm circumference is less than 13cm. Doing
so may result in inaccurate measurements.
NOTE: For more information on NBP monitoring, refer to the Application Note "About Noninvasive Blood
Pressure" available on the Philips website at
button to switch between patient categories.
Alarm Limits - If NBP alarms are
turned on, the alarm limits are
displayed. If alarm limits are turned off,
the alarms off symbol