Fire department to upgrade cardiac defibrillators and monitors

November 05, 2008

Akron City Council Monday night passed legislation to authorize the city to spend $145,526 to upgrade the Akron Fire Division’s 18 cardiac monitors.

The cost to upgrade the monitors, in use since 2004, is about $135,000 less than purchasing completely new monitors, but will provide the same capabilities, according to the legislation offered by Public Safety Committee Chair Jim Shealey.

Physio-Control will provide the replacement parts, supplies and software upgrades for the LIFEPAK® defibrillator/heart monitors that the Fire Division uses to monitor patients’ carbon dioxide levels in pre-hospital settings.

The company, of Redmond, Wash., is the sole manufacturer and distributor of all components needed to upgrade LIFEPAK® monitors.