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Early Defibrillation and the EMT-Basic Temple College EMS Professions
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Rationale Most frequent initial rhythm in adult cardiac arrest: ventricular fibrillation
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Rationale Most effective treatment for VF: defibrillation
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Rationale Increased VF time = Decreased survival probability 1 minute of VF =            ~10%  decrease in chance of survival
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Rationale BLS cannot convert VF to normal sinus rhythm BLS only increases time available to defibrillate
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Principle of Early Defibrillation All personnel who respond to cardiac arrests must be trained to operate, equipped with, and permitted to operate a defibrillator
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Automatic External Defibrillators
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AED Definition External defibrillator that incorporates rhythm analysis system
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AED Types Fully  Automatic Semi-  Automatic
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Operational Steps Assess scene, patient Confirm cardiac arrest Turn on power Attach device Initiate rhythm analysis Deliver shock if indicated
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Standard Procedures Assess scene for safety Water Explosive atmosphere Patient on conductive surfaces
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Standard Procedures Do NOT use AED if patient is: < 8 years old Weighs < 55 pounds
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  • Fall '11
  • Dr.Aslam
  • Cardiac arrest, Defibrillation, Ventricular fibrillation, Asystole, standard procedures, Early Defibrillation

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