Physio Control / Lifepak
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.
Working in partnership with EMS, nurses, doctors and medical researchers, Physio Control pursued new technologies for incorporation into their family of products. Today their products are designed to work together to give emergency caregivers, in the hospital or on the street, more control of a critical event and save lives.