A megawatt defibrillator for transchest defibrillation of heavy subjects

Research paper by L. A. Geddes, J. D. Bourland, T. W. Coulter, G. Cantrell, A. G. Moore, J. Vasku, P. Cabler, W. A. Tacker

Indexed on: 01 Nov '73Published on: 01 Nov '73Published in: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing


The design and performance characteristics of a high-energy (5000J) defibrillator are described. The instrument was constructed for the purpose of obtaining strength duration curves for transchest defibrillation of very heavy subjects. To date, the heaviest subject that has been defibrillated is a 270 kg horse.