Blind Defibrillation

  • W. J. Grace
  • R. J. Kennedy
  • C. T. Nolte
Conference paper
Part of the Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation / Anaesthesiologie und Wiederbelebung / Anesthésiologie et Réanimation book series (A+I, volume 95)


“Blind defibrillation” is the immediate discharge of electrical current of 200 - 400 watt-seconds through the ehest wall of a pulseless patient without foreknowledge of the type of arrhythmia present. The two key words are blind and immediate: 1. blind because the procedure is performed without determining the cardiac rhythm, and 2. immediate because as the time lag increases before application there is less likelihood of an effective rhythm and prevention of irreversable damage and death.


Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Rhythm Resuscitation Procedure Mobile Intensive Care Unit 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Grace
  • R. J. Kennedy
  • C. T. Nolte

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