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Phillips MRX to Feature Add-On Voice Mods


Just a short article today. More articles coming down the pike soon though. Thanks for reading!!!

A couple years ago, I was beta testing the Philips MRx defibrillator/monitor for an agency and I ran a code almost right out of the chute with it on my unit. We had hooked everything up in our cramped little apartment and began CPR, then I applied the CPR “puck” to the sternum and had the crew resume CPR. After a moment, it began coaching the compressions.

“Compress a little deeper.”
“Compress a little faster.”

Blah, blah, blah.  After about two minutes of this, one of my firefighters exclaims, “Man, that thing’s worse than my wife!”  After a brief moment of ensuing guffaws, we continued the serious business of the task at hand. The MRx really did provide good feedback on compression quality, but the ability to mute voice was used on nearly every event from then on.

Still, it got me thinking about how to make the voices more appealing and recently, it hit me… I’ll broker a deal between Philips and TomTom!  Success!  Now, just like you can buy voice packs to upload to your GPS and hear Yoda say, “Turn right in a quarter mile, you should, hmm?”, you can have R. Lee Ermey sing you a CPR cadence and say things like,

“Why you lazy little maggot! Compress faster!”
“You do CPR like old people F***, Pyle! Compress deeper!”
“I don’t know, but I’ve been told… Compressions fast and deep are mighty bold!”

But we didn’t stop there, no.  You can also get featured voices from Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Bieber, Gilbert Gottfried, Patrick Warburton, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Rosanne Barr, and more.  Try as I might, I couldn’t get stars like Pamela Anderson or Anna Nicole Smith as it was felt that if a patient were successfully resuscitated, that crews getting caught in the moment might not stop compressions when indicated.

If you are interested in learning more about this special add-on, find your Philips MRx dealer or contact them for more info here: Philips MRx for EMS

During the first month of this feature’s availability, they’re offering the add-on voice modules for free, but they will start charging in May 2015, so act now!

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