Part 6: Electrical therapies: Automated external defibrillators, defibrillation, cardioversion, and pacing: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Mark S. Link, Dianne L. Atkins, Rod S. Passman, Henry R. Halperin, Ricardo A. Samson, Roger D. White, Michael T. Cudnik, Marc D. Berg, Peter J. Kudenchuk, Richard E. Kerber

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Abstract

The recommendations for electrical therapies described in this section are designed to improve survival from SCA and lifethreatening arrhythmias. Whenever defibrillation is attempted, rescuers must coordinate high-quality CPR with defibrillation to minimize interruptions in chest compressions and to ensure immediate resumption of chest compressions after shock delivery. The high first-shock efficacy of newer biphasic defibrillators led to the recommendation of single shocks plus immediate CPR instead of 3-shock sequences that were recommended prior to 2005 to treat VF. Further data are needed to refine recommendations for energy levels for defibrillation and cardioversion using biphasic waveforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S706-S719
JournalCirculation
Volume122
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2010

Keywords

  • arrhythmia
  • automatic external defibrillator
  • cardioversion
  • ventricular fibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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