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Semiautomated external defibrillator errors in recognizing ventricular fibrillation

Ballesteros Pe√Īa S, Lorrio Palomino S, Roll√°n Vallejos J

Bilbao SAMUR-Protección Civil, Ayuntamiento de Bilbao, Spain. Emergenciak-Osakidetza, Spain.

We report 3 cases of semiautomated external defibrillator error during analysis of
ventricular fibrillation. The first involved operator-dependent error, in which ambulance
motion led to failure to order a shock. The other 2 cases involved defibrillator-dependent
error, in which signals from a pacemaker apparently led to the automatic decision not to
shock even when ventricular fibrillation was detected.

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