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DANGERS OF DEFIBRILLATION IN FLIGHT

Authors
  • Beebeejaun, Adam1
  • Roby, Howard2
  • 1 Intensive Care and Aeromedical Retrieval Registrar Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand , (New Zealand)
  • 2 Consultant Anaesthetist and Aeromedical Retrieval University of Otago, New Zealand , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
11
Pages
1–4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/asam-2019-006
Source
Exeley
License
Green

Abstract

Aim Defibrillation is a critical aspect of advanced life support, but the inherent risks in the procedure are increased when used during an aeromedical retrieval. The dangers of defibrillation in flight can be divided in to fire, electrical, avionic interference and physical carriage and packaging. A limited body of evidence exists concerning defibrillation in flight, in part, due to under-reporting. Changes in incident reporting, increased team based simulation training and awareness of the dangers of defibrillation should allow aeromedical teams to defibrillate patients safely and expediently.

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