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the ABCs of VADs


Case: You are walking through the airport terminal when you notice a commotion and group of people standing around an unconscious middle-aged female. You run over and identify yourself as a trained emergency provider and assess the patient. She is unresponsive and not breathing. There are no signs of immediate trauma. You feel no carotid pulse as an AED arrives. You lift the patient’s shirt to attach the AED pads and notice this.



  1. What is this device? 
  2. How does it work?
  3. Do I continue with my immediate resuscitation?
  4. Should this device cause me to modify my resuscitation efforts?












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