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Can you tell me are defibrillator pads ever used on the upper thighs?

Can you tell me are defibrillator pads ever used on the upper thighs?

Defib pads: We generally do not put defibrillator pads on the thighs. We want the energy discharge to be closer to the heart and not to lose energy from distance. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more


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Would paramedics attach a defibrillator pads on someone found asystolic?

Likely yes: The pads can help determine the heart rhythm, functioning as diagnostic leads on most machines, so are quicker than waiting to get the 3 or 5 regular leads on. Pads are commonly applied to persons with unstable heart rhythms / palpitations / some with chest pains / unresponsive patients. ...Read more

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What will an automated external defibrillator do if the pads where placed on either side of the brain?

What will an automated external defibrillator do if the pads where placed on either side of the brain?

AED: In theory nothing should happen given the programming of the device. On the other hand i don't think anyone has actually tried this..... ...Read more

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What could an automated external defibrillator do if the pads where placed on either side of the brain?

What could an automated external defibrillator do if the pads where placed on either side of the brain?

AED: Don't think about doing electroshock therapy for a depressed friend this way. The AED is designed to pick up ecg signals across the chest and probably wouldn't pick much up placed across the skull. Without adequate signal it wouldn't recommend shock but might recommend repositioning the electrodes while keeping up external compressions. It isn't designed for doing anything wih electrodes on head ...Read more

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What types of defibrillators are there?

Internal & external: Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows. They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock. ...Read more

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What is a defibrillator?

Multiple types: External defibrillators are used on an emergency basis to convert life threatening rapid ventricular arrhythmias. These are also available in a wearable form called a life vest. There are also implantable defibrillators inserted in survivors of sudden death or those at risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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Who needs a defibrillator?

See below: Reasons: 1) weak heart pumping function (ejection fraction less than or = to 35%). 2) dangerous fast heart rhythms, with or without passing out. 3) arvd (abnormality of right side of heart) and symptoms of passing out or dangerous heart rhythm. 4) severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, with or without passing out. 5) long qt syndrome or brugada syndrome with history of dangerous rhythm in family. ...Read more

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Can I order a defibrillator?

AED: You can order an automatic external defibrillator (AED) similar to those in airports, malls, gyms, etc. ...Read more

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How does a defibrillator work?

Defibrillator : An external defibrillator can be automatic or manned either way either a computer or the operator can determine the patient is having a lethal arrhythmia and electrical energy is delivered to the chest wall and the rhythm can be terminated. ...Read more

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How can you use a defibrillator?

Variety of ways: There are two kinds of defibrillators, internal and external. Internal defibrillators are implanted under the skin similar to a permanent pacemaker. This type of defibrillator works automatically and does not require human intervention. External defibrillators are found in hospitals and in public areas. These are manually applied to the outside of the chest. ...Read more

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