INTRODUCTION TO THE HEARTSTART FRX
The Philips HeartStart FRx Defibrillator 861304 ("FRx") is an automated
external defibrillator (AED). Small, lightweight, rugged, and battery powered, it
is designed for simple and reliable operation by minimally trained users. The FRx
is highly configurable for local protocol considerations.
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST
The FRx is used to treat ventricular fibrillation (VF), a common cause of sudden
cardiac arrest (SCA), and certain ventricular tachycardias (VTs). SCA is a
condition that occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops pumping. SCA can
occur to anyone – young or old, male or female – anywhere, at any time. Many
victims of SCA do not have warning signs or symptoms. Some people may have
a higher risk for SCA than others. Causes vary and may be different for infants
and children than for adults.
VF is a chaotic quivering of the heart muscle that prevents it from pumping
blood. The only effective treatment for VF is defibrillation.The FRx treats VF by
sending a shock across the heart, so it can start beating regularly again. Unless
this is successful within the first few minutes after the heart stops beating, the
victim is not likely to survive.
INDICATIONS FOR USE
The FRx should be used to treat someone you think may be a victim of SCA.
A person in SCA:
does not respond when shaken, and
is not breathing normally.
If in doubt, apply the pads. Follow the voice instructions for each step in using
* Configurability includes timing of the "Call Emergency Medical Services" reminder,
CPR protocol variations, and other features. See Appendix F, "Configuration," for