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Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (cont.)

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Media file 1: This is a heart tracing (ECG) of a person experiencing ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is the most common ECG finding when an adult suffers cardiac arrest.


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Media file 2: Ventricular fibrillation can be successfully treated with defibrillation.
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Media file 3: Minutes count. For every minute that a person in ventricular fibrillation is not defibrillated, the chances of resuscitation drop by almost 10% per minute.
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Media file 4: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can temporarily provide some oxygen to the brain.
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Media file 5: The Chain of Survival involves Early Access to 911, Early CPR, Early Defibrillation, and Early Advanced Life Support.
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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.

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