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How Do Defibrillators Work
Oh yes: Defibrillators are extraordinarily effective devices for the treatment of what would otherwise be fatal lower chamber heart rhythms. That said, they must be used in an extremely timely fashion or their benefits will not prevent irreversible damage from the lack of blood flow seen in these dangerous rhythms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but…: A taser cannot function as a defibrillator (the energies it utilizes are too low). It is a point of great medical and legal contention whether electronic control devices can in fact cause fibrillation, and the company taser has taken numerous legal actions in an effort to maintain medicolegal consensus that they cannot. I'll leave the matter at that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Defibrillator: Defibrillaor's function is to sense a life sensing rhythm and quickly deliver a life-saving shock. It contains a sensor (consisting of electronic filters/amplifiers). It also contains a 3v battery that is quickly charged upto 750 volts with help of a transformer in matter of 5-15 seconds. A high voltage capacitor stores the charge that is then delivered to the heart to shock the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Debirillator: A defibrillator is an electric device and subject to all the failure modes of any electric device. Assuming the device has a good power source and all components are working and it delivers the shock appropriately, there is no guarantee the heart will respond. If the cardiac status is too far gone electrophysiologically the rhythm won't convert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
240-300 J: 240 to 300 joules (depending on the machine) is usual. ...Read more
Surgery: An icd (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a device implanted under the skin and connects to leads inserted in veins to the heart or occasionally placed surgically directly on the surface of the heart. The icd can be changed out under local anesthesia as an outpatient as long as the leads are functional. Lead change out is done by laser or mechanical extraction under deep anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 answers:: Defibrillators prolong life. Proven fact. They don't interfere with ability to work but the disease for which they're indicated often does. Quality of life: if they shock you, they ruin your quality of life because you never know when it's coming. Some people can live with that. Other's can't. ...Read more
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