Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (cont.)
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Manual defibrillation, which is the traditional form of defibrillation performed by health care professional, is a complex skill.
Originally, defibrillators were used only in hospitals.
Because of the delay inherent in getting an ambulance to the cardiac arrest victim within those critical first few minutes, many people continued to die from ventricular fibrillation.
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Kouwenhouven showed that electrical shocks applied to dogs within 30 seconds of an induced ventricular fibrillation (VF) could produce a 98% rate of resuscitation; however, those shocked after 2 minutes of VF had only a 27% resuscitation rate.