Defibrillation

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Section 10 Procedure Guidelines

9.11 DEFIBRILLATION

INDICATIONS:

DEFIBRILLATION:

  • Confirm the patient is unresponsive and pulseless.
  • Ensure synchronizer is turned off.
  • Check paddles or fast patch pads position and conduction.
  • Select appropriate energy level per Standing Order.
  • Stop CPR and call ALL CLEAR. 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.
  • Observe for rhythm change and check the patient for a pulse, (If applicable).
  • Repeat per Practice Parameters.