By Request: Vintage EMS Equipment (Add your own pics)
Ok, I started this thread so as not to continue to hi-jack Mercop's excellent thread on Gun Shot Blow Out Kits which you can see in the link.
So, someone asked about the old "Datascope defibrillator" in particular as well as "thumpers" and stuff like that. So here are some pics I have of equipment I used in the early days when dinosaurs walked the earth.
Feel free to add your own photo's, ask questions, leave comments or whatever and we'll see where this thing goes.
Ok, here is an old Datascope defibrillator monitor as used by Johnny and Roy on TV's Emergency. Yes, we had a few of these when I started in the business and I have used them. I didn't like them because they just didn't seem as durable as the old Physio Control ubiquitous Lifepak 4.
Next is the ubiquitous, venerable and infamous Lifepak 4! It weighed a TON. About 47 lbs you had to lug up 3, 4, 5, 6 flights of stairs... and of course back down again. Hell you had to lug it wherever you went if the call was for a "chest pain" or "short of breath" call. But it was a tank, reliable and you could run calls all night and 3 code blues on less than 25% battery power.
Lifepak 4 in closed position sitting on stand being charged.
Lifepak 4 with lid open ready to rock n roll.
Lifepak 4 with carry handle removed and mounted as a stationary unit in the back of a Cadillac ambulance.
You can imagine how happy everyone was when Physio Control came out with the 10 lb. Lifepak 5! It was unique in that the two halves could be separated and carried separately. (After lugging around a 47 lb unit for all those years, who needed to separate this toy into two pieces?)
Battery life sucked in those early model LP-5's! But they were hot swapable and you could carry spares. If you weren't using the defibrillator portion, you just swapped it over to the EKG monitor side when that battery went dead! Nothing, and I mean nothing lasted like those old internally mounted lead acid batteries of the old Lifepak 4!
New Hi Tec Lifepak 5 (still a vintage piece of equipment)
When the industry was able to make heart pacemakers applied externally, Physio Control lead the way with providing monitor/defibrillators available with external pacing capabilities in their venerable Lifepak 10. No longer able to split the unit in half like the Lifepak 5, (what a retarded idea that was... especially after carrying a 47 lb Lifepak 4 for a decade) the Lifepak 10 uses the same sucky batteries as the Lifepak 5. However they added a 3 bay battery bank and a dial switch to change between batteries. They are still "hot swap-able" and usually charged in an separate charger unit. (Those old Lifepak 4's you just plugged the sucker into the wall to charge!)
Lifepak 10 Note the three (empty) battery bays above the paddles.
Lifepak 10 with padded nylon case to carry supplies.
Below is a vintage CPR "Thumper!" (I never used one. Had a bad experience with sales rep I mentioned in Mercop's thread on Gun Shot Blow Out Kits!)
To be continued in next post...
Continued from above post.
The old Orange Biocom Radio as used by Johnny and Roy in Emergency TV show. Yes, I used these too! There are actually two orange ones. This one is manufactured by Motorola. The real Biophone was manufactured by a company called Biocom. I can not find a picture of the old Biocom, but you can see it in old Emergency re-runs. And we had those too. We had more of the Biocom's then we did the Motorola version.
Much more reliable, and lighter in weight and better all around radio, was the Motorola Apcor radio. We really liked these much better than the orange pieces of crap. Btw... we never sent EKG strips via telemetry to the hospital in Kansas City. Lot's of people did in other areas and other States as that is what they were designed to do in the first place. However, we only used them for voice transmission to give hospital reports and occasionally ask for orders if we wanted to do something outside of protocols.)
Below is one of my first vintage Partners to go with the vintage Cadillac Ambulance I worked in!
Ok, I have no idea who the gal is in that picture... I just couldn't resist! :haha: :rofl: :urla9ub: