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Comparison of the effects of removal of chest hair with not doing so before external defibrillation on transthoracic impedance

Comparison of the effects of removal of chest hair with not doing so before external defibrillation on transthoracic impedance
Comparison of the effects of removal of chest hair with not doing so before external defibrillation on transthoracic impedance
Chest hair contributes significantly to transthoracic impedance (TTI) during defibrillation. The magnitude of this effect has not been established using external paddles. We compared TTI in 40 men before elective cardiac surgery, and before and after shaving their chests. Chest hair causes a significant increase in TTI during external defibrillation, the magnitude of the effect being related to both the quantity of hair and force applied to the defibrillation paddles. When the chests of nonhirsute patients were shaved, a decrease in TTI occurred, which was probably related to the creation of low-impedance pathways through skin abrasions.
0002-9149
98-100
Sado, Daniel M.
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Deakin, Charles D.
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Petley, Graham W.
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Clewlow, Frank
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Sado, Daniel M.
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Deakin, Charles D.
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Petley, Graham W.
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Clewlow, Frank
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Sado, Daniel M., Deakin, Charles D., Petley, Graham W. and Clewlow, Frank (2004) Comparison of the effects of removal of chest hair with not doing so before external defibrillation on transthoracic impedance. The American Journal of Cardiology, 93 (1), 98-100. (doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2003.09.020). (PMID:14697478)

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Abstract

Chest hair contributes significantly to transthoracic impedance (TTI) during defibrillation. The magnitude of this effect has not been established using external paddles. We compared TTI in 40 men before elective cardiac surgery, and before and after shaving their chests. Chest hair causes a significant increase in TTI during external defibrillation, the magnitude of the effect being related to both the quantity of hair and force applied to the defibrillation paddles. When the chests of nonhirsute patients were shaved, a decrease in TTI occurred, which was probably related to the creation of low-impedance pathways through skin abrasions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 September 2003
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 December 2003
Published date: 1 January 2004
Organisations: Clinical & Experimental Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 383374
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383374
ISSN: 0002-9149
PURE UUID: e8461052-c9b4-4cf1-8931-9a6da55f71ea
ORCID for Graham W. Petley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3295-0444

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Date deposited: 25 Jan 2016 15:28
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:16

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