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Chapter-36 Defibrillator

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_37
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Defibrillator, automated external defibrillator, AED, manual external defibrillator, manual internal defibrillator, wearable cardiac defibrillator, monophasic waveform defibrillator, biphasic waveform defibrillator

Abstract

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. Types of defibrillator, placement of paddle, parts of automated external defibrillator (AED), steps in using AED, and caution are covered in this chapter. Types of defibrillator are manual external defibrillator, manual internal defibrillator, semiautomated internal defibrillator, automated external defibrillator, wearable cardiac defibrillator, monophasic waveform defibrillator, and biphasic waveform defibrillator.

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