Determinants of defibrillation: prospective analysis of 183 patients.

  title={Determinants of defibrillation: prospective analysis of 183 patients.},
  author={Richard E. Kerber and Steven R. Jensen and Joseph Gascho and Joseph Grayzel and Robert Hoyt and Johanna Kennedy},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  volume={52 7},
Previous studies have suggested that a number of factors may influence the ability to defibrillate: the transthoracic resistance and resultant current flow, the paddle electrode size, the duration of preshock ventricular fibrillation (VF) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, metabolic abnormalities, body weight, the shock energy selected, and whether the patient is receiving lidocaine. To examine the effect of these variables, a prospective study was conducted of 183 patients who received direct… CONTINUE READING


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