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Ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation
  1. P Jones,
  2. N Lodé
  1. SMUR Pédiatrique, Réanimation Polyvalente (Paediatric Intensive Care), Hôpital Robert Debré APHP, 48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75935 Paris Cedex 19, France
  1. Peter Jones, SMUR Pédiatrique, Réanimation Polyvalente (Paediatric Intensive Care), Hôpital Robert Debré APHP, 48 Boulevard Sérurier, 75935 Paris Cedex 19, France; peter.jones{at}rdb.aphp.fr

Abstract

Cardiac arrest in children is not often due to a disturbance in rhythm that is amenable to electrical defibrillation, contrary to the situation in adults. When a shockable rhythm is present, defibrillation using an external electric shock applied at an early stage after pre-oxygenation and chest compressions is of proven efficacy. Success at conversion of ventricular fibrillation is dependent on the delay before delivering the shock and defibrillation efficiency, which is itself a function of thoracic impedance, energy dose and waveform.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Abbreviations:
    AED
    automated external defibrillator
    CPR
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    ERC
    European Resuscitation Council
    ILCOR
    International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation
    ROSC
    return of spontaneous circulation
    VF
    ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia

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