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When will a paramedic use a defibrillator?

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Sean Baskin
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Cardiac Arrest/ VFib

Defibrillators are used to treat the abnormal heart rhythms ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
The defibrillator will cause a strong electrical current to pass through the heart with the goal of acting as a "reset" button, allowing the heart's rhythm to return to a normal speed and pathway.

In brief: Cardiac Arrest/ VFib

Defibrillators are used to treat the abnormal heart rhythms ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.
The defibrillator will cause a strong electrical current to pass through the heart with the goal of acting as a "reset" button, allowing the heart's rhythm to return to a normal speed and pathway.
Sean Baskin
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: No pulse

When a patient isn't breathing or doesn't have a pulse.
The machine will analyze the heart rhythm and the decision to shock will be made at that time during cpr.

In brief: No pulse

When a patient isn't breathing or doesn't have a pulse.
The machine will analyze the heart rhythm and the decision to shock will be made at that time during cpr.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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