What is the purpose of defibrillation?
Defibrillators are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart.
They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, a heartbeat that is uneven or that is too slow or too fast.
Defibrillators can also restore the heart’s beating if the heart suddenly stops..
When can you defibrillate a patient?
Description. Defibrillation – is the treatment for immediately life-threatening arrhythmias with which the patient does not have a pulse, ie ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT).
When should you do cardioversion?
Synchronized cardioversion is used to treat other arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AF), atrial flutter, and stable ventricular tachycardia when medications have failed to convert the rhythm, or when the patient is becoming unstable and the rhythm must be immediately terminated.
How is defibrillation done?
An AED guides users to apply electrodes. It then automatically analyzes the patient’s heart rhythm. AEDs tell users to deliver a shock, if needed, or will deliver the shock automatically. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is implanted in the chest or belly.
Can a defibrillator kill you?
No, you can do no harm with a defibrillator (AED). They will only allow an electrical shock to be delivered to the heart of someone who needs it. A shock cannot be delivered in error. When someone has a cardiac arrest, life cannot be sustained.