Hands On Defibrillation

I received a link to this video the other day, and have engaged in quite a bit of discussion of it.

The link came with another link to the discussion below:

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Is hands on defibrillation safe? Or will we all end up with curly hair?

Theoretically, it makes a lot of sense. Donít stop CPR. But I think we all need a little more safety information before we start doing it (and of course safety permission from our employers).

The other morning when I came in to work there was a company memo addressing the issue. The bottom line was do CPR right up until you defibrillate and then clear. At least until further nortice.

1 Comment

  • Andrew says:

    Certainly an interesting idea, and well worth pursuing. As an EMT-B, I can’t use the manual defibs like you medics can, but — if nothing else — it’s good to know someone PROBABLY wouldn’t be hurt if inadvertently touching a patient during an AED shock.

    Seems to be carrying on in the general direction that CPR training has been following for years: make it easier and easier (i.e., standardizing lay responder CPR at 30 and 2 for all pateints), and increasing emphasis on compressions (from 15 and 2 to 30 and 2 to hands only, etc).

    Anything that has the potential for saving more lives should be thoroughly investigated, and, if proven, implemented as rapidly as possible.

    But your company memo was probably right: till we know more, err on the side of safety.

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    Don
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    Thank you for a good honest post. I think those classic or "typical" presentations we learn in school are the exceptions really.
    2014-10-18 17:34:21
    Ezio
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    Someone has rearranged the position of the leads for a quicker reading, personally I would use that format because I read the leads in groups (II III AvF, I AvL, AvR)
    2014-10-16 05:22:59
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    Hi Alex, feel free to use. Peter
    2014-10-16 00:02:25
    Alex
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    Fantastic case for education. Would you mind if I shared with some colleagues at med school (will give credit of course)?
    2014-10-15 23:02:25
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    Great, thanks, Christopher. Mystery solved. Best, Peter
    2014-10-15 02:37:40

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