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Research Article

Current required for ventricular defibrillation.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 24 February 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:513
  1. J N Patton,
  2. J F Pantridge


    The mean current required for ventricular defibrillation was measured and found to be 0.35 +/- SE 0.03 A/kg body weight, which is about one-third of that predicted from animal experiments. There was no apparent correlation between the current required and body weight (r = -0.007 +/- SE 0.213). There is no evidence of need for defibrillators storing more than 400 J.