What is the role of a cardiac defibrillator during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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An additional device employed in the treatment of cardiac arrest is a cardiac defibrillator. This device provides an electrical shock to the heart via 2 electrodes placed on the patient’s chest and can restore the heart into a normal perfusing rhythm.

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