Electrical therapies in cardiac arrest.

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Electrical therapies in cardiac arrest.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;30(1):51-63

Authors: Monteleone PP, Borek HA, Althoff SO

Recognition and appropriate treatment of ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia is an essential skill for healthcare providers. Appropriate defibrillation can improve survival and benefit patient outcome. Similarly, increased public access to automatic electronic defibrillators has been shown to improve out-of-hospital survival for cardiac arrest. When combined with high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation, electrical therapies are an important aspect of resuscitation in the patient with cardiac arrest. This article focuses on the use of electrical therapies, including defibrillation, cardiac pacing, and automated external defibrillators, in cardiac arrest.

PMID: 22107974 [PubMed - in process]

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