Cardioversion

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Section 9 Procedure Guidelines

9.07 CARDIOVERSION

INDICATIONS:


CARDIOVERSION PROCEDURE:

  • Confirm the rhythm.
  • Select synchronization and look for flagging of the QRS.
  • Check paddle or fast patch pads position and conduction.
  • Select appropriate energy level per Standing Order.
  • Check to ensure all people, including yourself; are clear of the patient. Ensure EMS personnel are in a safe operating location.
  • Apply 20 - 25 pounds of pressure to paddles, (If applicable).
  • Discharge energy by pressing discharge buttons simultaneously and hold until energy is delivered. Machine will not deliver energy until the proper time.
  • Observe for rhythm change and check the patient for a pulse, (If applicable).
  • Repeat per Practice Parameters.