Date: Thu Feb 8 09:38:33 2007

Author: cablem

Subject: Re: Defibrillators

Post:
Ok, perhaps I asked the question poorly. I don't want to know how the
device works, exactly, I want to know how the current is transported
through the body. That's the conductor? What makes the circuit?
Obviously, it has to be more than the skin. Or, is it an induction device?

Chele


On 2/7/2007 8:02 PM, Wallin, Stephen R wrote:
> Here's another 4th ventricle
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_ventricle
> complete with its own Purkinje cells
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purkinje_cell
> These cells are neurological pacesetters.
> Its unproven, but tasers in some cases could interfere in a
> anti-defibrillating way.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser
>
> Stephen
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
> Behalf Of Vacek Miglus
> Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 2:49 PM
> To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu; cablem@wfu.edu
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] Defibrillators
>
> cablem wrote:
>
>> Does anyone know the science behind defibs? Do they work by the
>> conduction of electricity between the paddles or do they work by
>> induction where the mag field penetrates the skin? I've heard that
>>
> skin
>
>> is a pretty good insulator...so the first might be possible if the V
>>
> and
>
>> I are high enough to overcome the resistance. But, the second might
>> work, too. Or a combination...
>>
>> So, how do they work?
>>
>
> Nice write up in Wikipedia:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defibrillators
>
> The quick and dirty: discharge a Capacitor (DC) though the chest to stop
>
> the heart from ventricular fibrillation, i.e. twitching uncontrollably.
>
> Vacek
>
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