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If someone goes into cardiac arrest from extremely low potassium blood level. would the defibrillator work? or do they need the potassium

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Cardiac arrest ?: Defibrillator r used in case of emergency to treat a cardiac arrest but it is important to check the reasons for the arrest and correct any lab abnormality.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: The defibrillator may work temporarily but if the potassium is not repleted, it will stop working.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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