Energy requirement for defibrillation of a markedly overweight patient.
Recommendations have been made recently that the energy output of present-day defibrillators be increased above the 400 wsec limit. These recommendations are based largely on experimental studies in animals. We report a case of a man weighing 190.1 kg (418.2 lb), successfully resuscitated with a single 400 wsec shock after a prolonged episode of ventricular fibrillation. The observation in this patient as well as data derived from cardiovascular experience indicates that weight is not a significant factor in the successful outcome following defibrillation in adults. Many variables primarily related to the clinical condition of the heart influence the results of countershock. There are no valid studies at present to support the claim that high-energy defibrillators are necessary. In fact, implementation of such a recommendation is premature and possibly dangerous.
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