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Intravenous Diazepam for Direct-current Cardioversion

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 02 October 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:13
  1. K. Somers,
  2. R. F. Gunstone,
  3. Ashvin K. Patel,
  4. P. G. D'Arbela


    The induction of anaesthesia with intravenous diazepam is a valuable contribution to the simpler use of cardioversion and is the method of choice because it is readily available for elective cardioversion. Fifty-six cardioversion procedures were carried out by this method in an African hospital. No special premedication or drug preparation was used. There were no hazards apart from transient apnoea in two patients and persisting amnesia in one patient.