Sunday December 17 2017

cardiac defibrillation

Editor's note: current  cardioversion (defibrillation) recommendations as of December 2014 are:

1) for pulseless ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia: 120-200 joules biphasic initially, or 360 joules of monophasic, with repeat doses as needed at the same or higher levels

2) for narrow complex ventricular tachycardia (VT) with a regular palpable pulse: 50-100 joules synchronized

3)  for narrow complex VT with an irregular pulse: synchronized 120-200 joules biphasic or 200 joules monophasic

4) for wide complex VT regular pulse: 100 joules

5) wide complex VT irregular pulse - same as defibrillation (1 above)

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