LifeVest wearable defibrillator is an easy to carry strap system that has four pads that are in direct contact with the skin. It is a vital system to people suffering or recovering from cardiac arrest as it monitors the heart for any abnormalities. For cardiac arrest patients, it helps deliver a shock to revive the heart. Whenever, there is a crisis, the system produce alert tones and if you are not distressed you should press certain buttons and hold them for half an hour to prevent it from delivering the shock. When the shock is delivered, there are two blue gel pads that burst. The pads should be replaced whenever the unit delivers a shock whether intentional or accidental.
What you need to know about LifeVest wearable defibrillator
Before you commit yourself to wearing the LifeVest wearable defibrillator, there are some things you need to know. In case, the pads do not get a clear signal, you receive alert tones, whereby the screen will tell you that it is not getting a right signal from the pads. This will alert you to reposition the pads, so that they can work correctly. The front two pads can be adjusted easily and the other two on the back may require assistance from another person in order to reposition them.
When you take a shower, you must remove the entire LifeVest wearable defibrillator and it is advisable to call someone to be with you in case you have a cardiac arrest. Getting the vest back again can also be tricky, so always seek for assistance to avoid making a mistake that may make it ineffective.
When you receive the set up kit, you will also get two battery packs. One of the batteries should always be kept in the charger to allow you swap it in the morning. Your base unit should always be near a phone to allow the information to be sent to Zoll for monitoring and reporting to your doctor.
What to avoid when wearing the vest
LifeVest wearable defibrillator may make you feel uncomfortable especially when you sleep. If you fall asleep on one of the pads, it may slip out of place making the vest ineffective. Therefore, always take care to avoid sleeping on the pads. You also need to avoid things that have strong vibration. You should try to stay away from things such as lawn mowers, jackhammer or any other heavy machinery. All these things may send false signals to the monitoring unit and may result to unwanted shocks.