Operational and Shift Checks
The HeartStart XL+ performs several automated tests to make sure it is ready for use (see
on page 164). Two important checks you perform to supplement the automated tests are
Operational Check and Shift Check. This chapter details both of these important tasks.
In order to ensure defibrillators are ready when needed, the American Heart Association (AHA)
recommends that users complete a checklist, often referred to as a Shift Check, at the beginning of each
change in personnel. These checks are performed in addition to the periodic checks performed by your
facility's biomedical or clinical engineering team. The activities on this checklist include verifying that the
appropriate supplies and accessories are present, the device is plugged in and has sufficient battery power,
and the device is ready for use. Philips Healthcare supports the AHA checklist recommendations and has
provided a Shift Checklist document with the device and published a copy in this book. See
"HeartStart XL+ Shift Checklist"
As part of the Shift Check, you must verify the device's ability to deliver defibrillation therapy once a
week by performing a shock test. You can complete this important requirement by performing one of the
Weekly Shock Test (see
Operational Check (see
WARNING: When performing an Operational Check or Weekly Shock Test, be sure to disconnect the ECG leads set
from the cable and confirm the HeartStart XL+ is not connected to a patient.
on page 149.)
"Weekly Shock Test"
on page 148)
on page 151)