Chapter 11. Defibrillation Theory and Practice

  1. Pam Moule RN, DipN, DipNE, BSc(Hons), MSc, EdD Reader and
  2. John W. Albarran RN, DipN (Lon.), BSc (Hons), PG Dip Ed, MSc, DPhil NFESC Reader
  1. John W. Albarran RN, DipN (Lon.), BSc (Hons), PG Dip Ed, MSc, DPhil NFESC Reader and
  2. Pam Moule RN, DipN, DipNE, BSc(Hons), MSc, EdD Reader

Published Online: 22 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch11

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

How to Cite

Albarran, J. W. and Moule, P. (2009) Defibrillation Theory and Practice, in Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition (eds P. Moule and J. W. Albarran), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193542

Online ISBN: 9781444316056

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Keywords:

  • defibrillation theory and practice;
  • defibrillation - major link in Chain of Survival;
  • myocardial ischaemia or infarction - experiencing episodes of VF or VT;
  • strategies for safe defibrillation;
  • biphasic defibrillators and monophasic defibrillators;
  • manual defibrillators - confined to critical care settings;
  • operating manual defibrillator - paddle design form and knowledge of local equipment vital;
  • automated external defibrillators;
  • synchronised cardioversion - planned treatment and patient's consent required;
  • implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) providing superior survival outcomes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aims

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Principles and Purpose of Early Defibrillation

  • Strategies for Safe Defibrillation

  • Other Practical Considerations

  • Manual Defibrillators

  • Automated External Defibrillators

  • Synchronised Cardioversion

  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators

  • Review of Learning

  • Conclusion

  • References