Cardiovascular Medicine Book


Automated External Defibrillator

Aka: Automated External Defibrillator, AED
  1. Technique: Pad position options (new in 2010 ACC Guidelines)
    1. Anterolateral - Sternal and apical (default)
    2. Anterior and Posterior
    3. Anterior and Left Infrascapular
    4. Anterior and Right Infrascapular
  2. Efficacy: Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    1. Test Specificity for VF/VT: 99%
    2. Test Sensitivity for VF/VT: 81%
      1. Higher sensitivity in coarse VF (>200 mV amplitude)
      2. Sensitivity related to operator error
        1. Moving of patient during rhythm analysis
        2. Prematuring halting rhythm analysis
    3. References
      1. McDonald (2001) Ann Emerg Med 38:262-7 [PubMed]

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