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LifePak - 20 Review

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LifePak -20

LifePak 20 Review
This review has been put together to give
you the basics of this unit.
Please plan on familiarizing yourself with the
additional functions of the unit using the
manual or contacting
UWMF Clinical Staff Education @

TURN ON the Lifepak using the Green ON
# 1 button at the top right.

The machine will be set to “paddle mode”
– and will be ready to defibrillate.

1. Apply the connector to the quick combo
patches before placing patches on patient
2. Make sure the cable is
connected to the unit!

LIFEPAK 20 – At the beginning
Electrodes should be
placed on the upper
right (right of the
And lower left (under the
arm) of the patient’s

LIFEPAK 20 – At the beginning
 The patient’s chest should be dry and
without medication patches
 DO NOT place electrodes over implanted
defibrillator or internal pacemaker
 DO NOT use the Adult Lifepak Patches on
patients weighing less than 30 pounds

After turning the machine on and applying
electrodes, the machine will ask you to
‘Push analyze’ (yellow button).

If the pads are not properly
connected to the cables, the screen
and an audible voice will say----
Disconnect Test-Plug

You will see the patient’s heart rate
and rhythm

Then – the screen and audible
voice will either suggest
“NO Shock Advised”
“Shock Advised”

LIFEPAK 20- “NO Shock Advised”
Check the patient’s pulse
IF no pulse, continue CPR
for two minutes
Then analyze again

LIFEPAK 20 - Charging
In the AED mode (picture top right), and manual
mode (picture bottom right) the machine will
automatically charge up to the ‘joules’
programmed into the unit. If a shock is
indicated, it will automatically ‘charge up”.
You DO NOT need to press the charge
In the manual mode (with door open on unit,
bottom right), you may need to press the
charge button if the provider has asked for
different ‘joules’ than that programmed into
the machine, such as with pediatric patients or
for other medical reasons.

Energy Select button: allows you to
increase of decrease the number of ‘joules’
you want to deliver to a patient.

Speed Dial:
When using the
Options button or
Event button, this dial
allows you to pick
certain items on the
*just rotate dial and
push in dial when you
have chosen the item
you wish to

Options button: allows you to do a
manual self check on the machine, put in
patient demographics, check the clock,
along with other things.

Event button: allows you to document in
the computer when certain things were
done, such as CPR started, IV started,
Lidocaine given, etc…..

LIFEPAK 20 - Shocking
When ready to shock
Place finger on the RED
Shock button
Announce –
*Remember to look at the
patient not the machine

To Print a Code Summary push the Code
Summary button. This strip will give you
information on patient’s heart rhythm; ie.
What was the rhythm before and after the

LIFEPAK 20 Code Summary Strip
 Under the patient’s name you will notice
 the date and time the Lifepak was turned on
 the total shocks given
 the length of time of the event

LIFEPAK 20 Code Summary Strip
 Once the strip has been printed, write the patient’s
name and any comments you wish directly on the
strip. You may use a patient name label if you

LIFEPAK 20 – Code Summary
 With each defibrillation – the Lifepak will record
 the time the shock
 the level of Joules

Changing paper
 When the Lifepak has run out of paper –
A “NO PAPER” message will appear in the lower left
hand corner
of the screen.

To load paper:
Press the black lever
on the “left side” of
the Lifepak. The
door will fall open.
Replace roll using
the instructions
inside the door.

To close paper
When closing
paper door (on
the side of the
unit) leave a small
amount of paper
hanging from
door opening

The paddles (adult and infant) are kept on
the top of the Lifepak machine

The Paddles are stored
with the peds paddles
‘inside/under’ the adult
These paddles are only
used by a provider.
To get to the peds
paddles, you will have
to remove the adult
paddles using the
instructions found on
the paddles.
Peds paddles –inside/under the
adult paddles

When using paddles a small amount of
‘blue’ or ‘green’ contact gel is needed.
Adult paddles -outside
Peds paddles -intside

The port designated, when shocking
with patches, is also used when
shocking with paddles. See picture.

The new Lifepak 20 can also be a cardiac monitor and
uses a 3-lead cable and electrodes. Monitoring cable
adapter is placed in the smaller port on the front of the
machine. You can NOT ‘shock’ at patient with this

In order to monitor a
patient using the Lifepak
20 you will need to
change out of ‘paddle
mode’ using the Lead
button. Push on the
Lead button, then
choose Lead 1, 2 or
3(lead 2 is most
*Remember, you cannot shock when in
the monitoring mode.

There is a training video and CD with each
Lifepak - 20

There is a maintenance manual that should
be kept with each Lifepak - 20