Philips Medical Systems Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator
Philips HeartStart OnSite
Automated External Defillibrator
Design Philosophy for HeartStart AEDs
The HeartStart AEDs are designed specifically to be used by
the first people responding to an emergency. It is reliable,
easy to use, and virtually maintenance free. The design
allows HeartStart AEDs to be used by people with no medical
training in places where defibrillators have not
raditionally been used. In order to accomplish this,
consideration was given to the fact that an AED might not be
used very often, may be subjected to harsh environments, and
probably would not have personnel available to perform
The HeartStart AED was not designed to replace the manual
defibrillators used by more highly trained individuals.
Instead, it was intended to complement the efforts of
medical personnel by allowing the initial shock to
be delivered by the first person to arrive at the scene.
Some models of HeartStart AEDs can be configured for
advanced mode use, to allow the device to be used as a
. This can be beneficial for
transitioning the patient care from a lay rescuer to more
highly trained medical personnel.
Design Features of HeartStart AEDs
Reliability and Safety
Fail-Safe Design - The HeartStart AED is intended to detect
a shockable rhythm and deliver a shock if needed. It will
not allow a shock if one is not required.
Rugged Mechanical Design - The HeartStart AED is built with
high-impact plastics, has few openings, and incorporates a
rugged defibrillation pads connector and battery interface.
Using the carry case provides additional protection as well
as storage for extra sets of pads and a spare battery.
Daily Automatic Self-Test - The HeartStart AED performs a
daily self-test to help ensure it is ready to use when
needed. An active status indicator demonstrates at a glance
that the unit is working and ready to use.
Environmental Parameters - Extensive environmental tests
were conducted to prove the HeartStart AED’s reliability and
ability to operate in conditions relevant to expected use.
Non-Rechargeable Lithium Battery - The HeartStart AED
battery pack was designed for use in an emergency
environment and is therefore small, lightweight, and safe to
use. Each battery pack contains multiple 2/3A size, standard
lithium camera batteries. These same batteries can be
purchased at local drug stores for use in other consumer
products. These batteries have been proven to be reliable
and safe over many years of operation. The HeartStart AED
battery pack uses lithium manganese dioxide (Li/MnO2)
technology and does not contain pressurized sulfur dioxide.
The battery pack meets the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Toxicity Characteristic Leaching
Procedure and may be disposed of with normal waste.
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01 April 2018
Technical Reference Manual