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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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One of the Lifeline family of AEDs, the Lifeline AUTO AED also coaches responders through a rescue by providing step-by step audio prompts that describe how to apply the defibrillating pads to the victim and when to begin CPR.
First responders, trained in basic life-saving skills and able to deliver defibrillating shocks to patients suffering cardiac arrest, provide valuable emergency help before an ambulance arrives.
The device works--it's incredibly effective at defibrillating the heart.
When victims receive defibrillating shocks within the first minute after sudden cardiac arrest, about 90 percent survive, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.
The device then automatically analyzes the victim's heart rhythm and signals the user to push a button to administer a defibrillating shock, if necessary.
They began CPR and followed ALS protocol, including defibrillating the pulseless and unresponsive male.
In cases of cardiac arrests the faster a defibrillating shock can be adminis-tered the better the chance the patient has of surviving.
Resuscitation experts agree that providing defibrillating shocks to a victim within five minutes of sudden cardiac arrest greatly enhances the chances of survival.
Dr Colquhoun, who also chairs the Department of Health's defibrillator group, said, ``I'd rather have a defibrillating shock from a milkman who saw me collapse than risk the five minutes' delay before the ambulance gets there.
External Defibrillating Devices or Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Market Forecast to 2015
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) -- Defibrillating or shocking the heart is the only way to stop certain life-threatening heart rhythm problems and restore normal rhythm.