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    Medtronic Physio-Control Lifepak Express AED Defibrillator
    Device Detection and Communication

    The software update application has been designed to operate without needing to change any of your system's settings. The software is designed to communicate with the LIFEPAK EXPRESS IrDA port. The IrDA Port on the LIFEPAK EXPRESS is located on the left hand side of the unit as it is facing you.

    Device Configuration

    The CD software allows you to update your AED with new software, change the existing setup options to be consistent with AHA/ERC Guidelines 2005, or make customized settings. Consult the operating instructions (included) for more information about setup options.

    The configuration mode primarily maintains the defibrillator's current configuration but also allows for AHA/ERC Guidelines 2005 options to be set. Please consult the installed defibrillator operating instructions for options.

    Power / Battery

    The defibrillator's battery must contain enough energy to successfully complete the software upgrade before the upgrade will proceed. The upgrade consumes about 15 minutes of the battery's capacity.

    If the battery is too low in capacity to perform the upgrade, the software upgrade program will alert you and will provide information regarding ordering supplies. If the battery is low in capacity but the device still indicates an "OK" status, the software upgrade will complete, however, it cannot predict how soon the battery may become low. The readiness indicator provides the status of the battery and should be checked routinely.

    The device will need to be turned on for a minimum of 10 seconds. You will need to check the device LCD for no battery or service wrench indications or for the Readiness Indicator showing a status of "OK". Turn the device off.


    Also, before the update was completed, there is a summary report that can be viewed and printed for your records, which is very similar to the report below:

    Medtronic Physio-Control Lifepak Express AED Defibrillator update log

    The device will need to be turned on for a minimum of 10 seconds. You will need to check the device LCD for no battery or service wrench indications. Check for the Readiness Indicator showing a status of "OK". Turn the device off.

    After the battery is pulled out and then placed back in the device and the unit is turned on, if you hear any beeps, please count the number of beeps that you hear.

    No. of Beeps

    Cause of Beep, related to CHARGE-PAK (CP) Icon


    Patient load, previously connected


    Cumulative on-time exceeded 30 minutes


    CHARGE-PAK battery charger expiration date past due


    CHARGE-PAK battery charger incorrectly homed


    Internal Error

    For 2, 3, 4, or 5 beeps, the CHARGE-PAK charger needs to be replaced. If you only hear 1 beep, please contact Physio-Control ERS Technical Support immediately.



    Troubleshooting IrDA Issues

    What is IrDA?

    Short for Infrared Data Association, a group of device manufacturers that developed a standard for transmitting data via infrared light waves. Increasingly, computers and other devices (such as printers) come with IrDA ports. This enables you to transfer data from one device to another without any cables. For example, if both your laptop computer and printer have IrDA ports, you can simply put your computer in front of the printer and output a document, without needing to connect the two with a cable.

    IrDA ports support roughly the same transmission rates as traditional parallel ports. The only restriction on their use is that the two devices must be within a few feet of each other and there must be a clear line of sight between them.

    Microsoft has the following information on connecting a peripheral device to IrDA at https://support.microsoft.com

    How do I determine if my laptop has an IrDA port?

    Each manufacturer of laptops have the own set of requirements and specifications for IrDA. Also, each manufacturer has a specific way to enable IrDA. We are providing you a link to the major manufacturer's website on determining if you have IrDA on your laptop. If you do not find your manufacturer on this list, please contact them directly. Also, you may need to contact the manufacturer on how to enable the IrDA port.

    Here is a picture of the IrDA port on a laptop, this should look similar to the laptop that you have.

    Medtronic Physio-Control Lifepak Express AED Defibrillator update laptop

    NOTE: We recommend you set the IrDA port for Fast IrDA (IrDA 1.1 compliant) for best communications between the laptop and the AED.

    For Dell:

    To determine if your laptop has IrDA port? https://support.dell.com

    How to enable and disable in the BIOS for Latitudes? https://support.dell.com

    For Compaq/HP:

    Please contact Compaq/HP: You can either put in your serial number at https://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html?pageDisplay=support, or give them a call at 800-474-6836 (for HP) or 800-652-6672 (for Compaq Presario products). (Note, there will be a charge for this call.)

    For Gateway:

    Please contact Gateway. You can either put in your serial number at this page - https://support.gateway.com/support/ or give them a call at 800-229-1103 (note, there will be a charge for this call).

    For Lenovo (IBM):

    Please contact Lenovo. You can either put in your serial number at this page - https://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=HOME-LENOVO or give them a call at 800-426-7378 (note, there may be a charge for this call).

    Can not find the IrDA port?   Please go to Part II