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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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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 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?

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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How does a defibrillator function?

How does a defibrillator function?

Electrical system: A defibrillator causes all myocardial (heart) cells to become depolarized at the same time. This extinguishes the abnormal arrhythmia, and allows the natural cardiac pacemaker to kick back in. This requires a large electrical current, to make sure all myocardial cells get activated at the same time. ...Read more

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Would a nurse use a defibrillator?

Would a nurse use a defibrillator?

Defibrillator: Nurses are trained to use a defibrillator in advanced CPR training. Some nurses may be less comfortable than others with using them if they don't generally deal in the area. ...Read more

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How is a defibrillator made to work?

How is a defibrillator made to work?

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 more

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How is a defibrillator used in people?

Implantable device: Implantable defibrillators are used in people who most often (not always) have poor heart function and are at risk for sudden cardiac death due to malignant heart rhythms. It's job is to sense the life threatening rhythm and provide necessary shock. ...Read more

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How can someone die with a defibrillator?

Heart failure: Defibrillators are typically placed in patient's with poor cardiac function. Although the defibrillator does protect them from lethal arrhythmias, it does not protect him from worsening heart function. Patients with defibrillators can die from end-stage heart failure or from a completely noncardiac illness. ...Read more

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What does a defibrillator do for a person?

It treats V Tach/Fib: It trys to convert v tach or v fib with pacing and electric shock in patients who are prone to these fatal rhythms. ...Read more

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