Cause of Device-Related Incident
*Not stated

Clinical Specialty or Hospital Department
CCU / ICU / NICU; Emergency Medicine; OR / Surgery

Device Factors
*Not stated

Document Type

External Factors
*Not stated

Mechanism of Injury or Death
Electrical shock / electrocution; Failure to deliver therapy

Support System Failures
*Not stated

Tampering and/or Sabotage
*Not stated

User Errors
*Not stated

For Emergency Defibrillation


  1. Turn unit on.
  2. Apply a small dab of conductive gel to the paddles, or use pregelled pads or disposable defibrillation electrodes. DO NOT use saline-soaked pads.
  3. Select the energy to be delivered.
  4. Charge defibrillator just before use.
  5. Apply paddles or electrodes firmly to patient's chest.
  6. Don't touch paddle surface or patient, and be sure all personnel are clear of the patient before defibrillator discharge.
  7. DO NOT delay basic life support (CPR) if defibrillation is not successful.

After each use:

  • Clean paddle surfaces thoroughly to avoid burns and ensure operator safety.
  • Be sure unit is plugged into a live AC outlet and defibrillator and monitor batteries are being charged.


  • DO NOT place drinks or other liquids or any objects on unit.
  • Perform a daily visual check of unit and supplies.
  • Discharge unit at least weekly into a test load, not with paddles held apart or shorted together.

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