Physio-Control, now part of Stryker, is one of the pioneers in the defibrillation world, since developing initial defibrillator technology in the late 1950s. The company founder Dr. Karl William Edmark ended up launching an entire industry that continues to be crucial for saving lives in a variety of settings. Today, Physio-Control is still considered a world leader in the creation and sales of external defibrillator/monitors and emergency medical response products and services.
Physio-Control got its start when Dr. Edmark developed a device that sent a direct current (DC) electric shock through the heart to terminate ventricular fibrillation. Afterwards, this first DC defibrillator became the prototype for medical devices used by emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals worldwide. Ten years later, Physio-Control dramatically changed the face of emergency medical care forever with the introduction of the first portable defibrillator / monitor.
AEDs are small electronic devices that are designed to allow minimally-trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Current models are small, lightweight, and provide helpful instruction that can easily be followed to provide the same lifesaving defibrillation trained medical professionals deliver.
To continue growth in the defibrillator space, Physio-Control partners with EMS, nurses, doctors, and medical researchers to pursue new technologies. The company's products are intended to provide emergency caregivers more control during each critical event - be it at a hospital or in another setting.
The company’s products include LIFEPAK monitor / defibrillators and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), LUCAS chest compression systems, the LIFENET System, HeartSine AEDs, and more. MFI carries a range of Physio-Control products, including LIFEPAK defibrillators, defibrillator accessories, and chart paper.