We envision a society in which no person dies suddenly as a result of an acute, treatable medical event

  • BUILDING ON A PROUD LEGACY OF FIRSTS

    1955
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    Dr. Karl William Edmark founded Physio-Control Corporation in 1955.

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    Prototype “breadboard” DC defibrillator  designed by

    Dr. Edmark (1955)

    First Heartbeat Indicator introduced (1955) 

    1960
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    LIFEPAK 33 defibrillator/monitor is introduced in 1968.

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    First commercially marketed external pacemaker (1960)
    ECG monitor oscilloscope displays a visual trace of a human heartbeat (1960)
    Dr. Edmark performs first successful DC defibrillation on a human heart (1961) 

    1970
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    LIFEPAK 5 defibrillator/monitor is designed in 1976.

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    LIFEPAK 2 defibrillator/monitor for use in the nation’s new emergency vehicle program (1972)
    LIFEPAK 4 defibrillator/monitor is first portable defibrillator to offer ECG strip recorder (1974)
    LIFEPAK 6 defibrillator/monitor released, which increased flexibility in hospital acute cardiac care (1978)
    1980
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    LIFEPAK 9 defibrillator/monitor is introduced in 1989.

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    LIFEPAK 200 automatic advisory defibrillator incorporated a Shock Advisory System to analyze a patient’s ECG (1985)
    LIFEPAK 100 automatic advisory defibrillator for home use introduced (1986)
    1990
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    LIFPAK 12 series is introduced in 1998.

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    LIFEPAK 9P defibrillator/monitor/pacemaker converts product to hospital AED (1991)
    LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillator introduced as a low cost, easy to use AED (1996)
    LIFENET System is the first data management solution introduced, merging information across a tiered response system (1999)
    2000
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    LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator is introduced as the new standard in emergency care in 2009.

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    LIFEPAK CR Plus AED introduced as an easy to use AED for public access (2002)
    LIFEPAK 20 defibrillator monitor is introduced, designed for both BLS and ALS use in the hospital (2002)
    Rugged LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator is introduced, with large LCD display and graphics (2006) 
    2010
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    LIFENET System Version 4.1 is launched in 2010.

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    LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System introduced in 2010
    ReadyLink 12-lead ECG released in 2010
    Physio-Control partners with BeneChill to bring portable therapeutic hypothermia solution to market in 2011 
  • Our Story

    More than 55 years ago we introduced a medical device that launched an industry. Today we continue to set new standards for the design and manufacturing excellence of lifesaving tools for lifesaving teams in and out of the hospital.

    Physio-Control. The world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and service of external defibrillator/monitors and emergency medical response products and services.

    Physio-Control pioneered defibrillation technology. In the late 1950s the company founder, Dr. Karl William Edmark, developed a device that sent a direct current (DC) electric shock through the heart to terminate ventricular fibrillation. This first DC defibrillator became the prototype for medical devices used by emergency medical services and hospitals around the world. Ten years later Physio-Control dramatically changed the face of emergency medical care forever with the introduction of the first portable defibrillator / monitor.

    We continue to build on this early success. Working in partnership with EMS, nurses, doctors and medical researchers, we vigorously pursue new technologies for incorporation into our family of products. Today our products are designed to work together to give emergency caregivers, in the hospital or on the street, more control of a critical event. Our path is clear. Our goal is simple. To manufacture emergency response tools of the highest quality to help clinicians and emergency responders, anywhere in the world, through the toughest kind of emergencies. We take our responsibilities seriously. When we say we work to help save lives, we mean it.

    Physio-Control Timeline - PDF

  • HEAR IT FROM OUR TEAM

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    Commitment to Quality 

    Team Members of Physio-Control--passion for our lifesaving mission.

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    57th Anniversary Video 

    Created in tribute for the members of Lifesaving Teams who use our lifesaving tools.

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