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::I think BustedHambroiger is medically correct there, in that defibrillators are, as the name suggests, used to treat ventricular fibrillation (rapid, irregular beating) - it's a common mistake in the media that people are typically defibrillated when they have flatlined. It might be worth trying on flatlined patients in case the heart is in very rapid fibrillation, but it won't help if the heart has just stopped entirely. -- [[User:Mithent|Mithent]] 01:36, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
::I think BustedHambroiger is medically correct there, in that defibrillators are, as the name suggests, used to treat ventricular fibrillation (rapid, irregular beating) - it's a common mistake in the media that people are typically defibrillated when they have flatlined. It might be worth trying on flatlined patients in case the heart is in very rapid fibrillation, but it won't help if the heart has just stopped entirely. -- [[User:Mithent|Mithent]] 01:36, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
:BustedHambroiger is right.  The Wikipedia article states: "Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia."  The former is a condition where the cardiac muscles contract spastically, and the latter is a rapid heart rhythm.  Hollywood has given the impression that defibrillators can revive a stopped heart mostly due to the film "Flatliners", but while failing to stop ventricular fibrillation can cause a flatline, using one on someone whose heart has stopped is likely to have no effect.  The More You Know! ^_- [[User:Danny Lilithborne|Danny Lilithborne]] 08:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
:BustedHambroiger is right.  The Wikipedia article states: "Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia."  The former is a condition where the cardiac muscles contract spastically, and the latter is a rapid heart rhythm.  Hollywood has given the impression that defibrillators can revive a stopped heart mostly due to the film "Flatliners", but while failing to stop ventricular fibrillation can cause a flatline, using one on someone whose heart has stopped is likely to have no effect.  The More You Know! ^_- [[User:Danny Lilithborne|Danny Lilithborne]] 08:47, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
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::Technically the article says its not likely to work, or that its not the preferred method for dealing with a stopped heart.  That does not mean that they couldn't or shouldn't be used to restart a stopped heart. -[[User:JamesDean|JamesDean]]
 
:::There's only one way to settle this... Clear! {{User:Trey56/sig}} 19:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
:::There's only one way to settle this... Clear! {{User:Trey56/sig}} 19:01, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

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