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Ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation: contemporary understanding of mechanisms

  • R. D. White

Abstract

Before proceeding with a discussion of contemporary transthoracic defibrillation and the transition to biphasic waveforms, I will review the mechanisms of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and defibrillation. Though they are complex, much insight has been gained into these mechanisms, which facilitates an understanding of why defibrillation with well-designed biphasic waveforms has emerged from experimental observations into clinical practice.

Keywords

Ventricular Fibrillation European Resuscitation Council Contemporary Understanding Defibrillation Shock Biphasic Waveform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. White
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Anesthesiology and Internal MedicineMayo Clinic College of MedicineRochesterUSA

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