A practical guide to external direct current cardioversion
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A practical guide to external direct current cardioversion

Tracey Gibson Lecturer in adult nursing, City University, London

Cardioversion is a procedure used to convert a tachyarrhythmia to normal sinus rhythm by applying a synchronised electric shock. This can be carried out on an elective or urgent basis. The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with a greater understanding of external direct current (DC) cardioversion by exploring some of the theoretical and practical issues associated with the procedure.

Correspondence Tracey.Gibson.1@city.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 37,45-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.37.45.c6547

Published in print: 21 May 2008

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