What are the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations for defibrillation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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AHA recommendations for defibrillation include the following [43] :

  • Use defibrillators (using , or monophasic waveforms) to treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias (class I)

  • Defibrillators using biphasic waveforms (BTE or RLB) are preferred (class IIa)

  • Use a single-shock strategy (as opposed to stacked shocks) for defibrillation (class IIa)

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