defibrillation

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defibrillation

[dē‚fib·rə′lā·shən]
(medicine)
Stopping a local quivering of muscle fibers, especially of the heart.
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When the AED is attached, stop CPR, shout "all clear," and defibrillate up to three times if necessary.
Even so, Ideker notes that "it only takes 50 milliamps of current to throw a healthy beating heart into fibrillation, but to defibrillate you need 10 amps, or 200 times as much current, to bring it back to a normal rhythm.
Although there remain concerns that defibrillation doses intended for adults may result in myocardial damage in children, on balance the risk of defibrillating children outweighs the risk of failing to defibrillate them, said Dr.
Unfortunately, traditional emergency medical teams cannot always reach and defibrillate victims that quickly.
The RV leads used with CRT-D devices are also capable of delivering high voltage energy to defibrillate the heart in the event of ventricular arrhythmia.
But as part of a four-link chain: call and ambulance; start CPR; defibrillate if necessary and get them into an ambulance for advanced life support, the chances of survival go up to between 30 and 40%.
Those four successful attempts were due to the fact that he was able to defibrillate the person within two minutes of the arrest.
That is because CPR does not defibrillate hearts, electricity does