Accidental resuscitation attempt ?

Hi, I am curious to know if anyone has had an an attempt made on them, by accident, with a defibrilator to be resuscitated. I would think it would knock out ones pacemaker ?


Why would you think that?

by AgentX86 - 2019-05-12 19:41:52

Define "resucitate" and "knock out".  I don't understand the quesiton.  I you're dead, there isn't much risk in doing pretty much anything.


by ROBO Pop - 2019-05-12 19:59:18

I was at the pool lying on the deck to get sun and one of the lifeguards was running with a defibrillator to resuscitate a drowning victim. The clumsy oaf tripped, fell on me and gave me a full Jesus Jolt by accident...I died

Thankfully I was on the cool deck, it could have been disasterous. I might have peed in the pool.

Then there was the time when I was roasting a turkey using my defibrillator and accidentally revived big bird...shall I go on?


by Cheryl B - 2019-05-12 22:07:43

So glad I can jump on-line for just a quick moment to see who's posting what, and get a good laugh.  Thanks, guys.  Only on pacemaker club can you get this "jolt" of humor.  Pun intended.

Cheryl B.

Only Asking.

by ericnz - 2019-05-12 22:22:27

Yes good one, great humour. But I was asking If some how one of us got accidently Zapped by an over eager medico would our pacemaker be able to handle it or by golly, yes we would be dead ?


by AgentX86 - 2019-05-12 23:52:41

Are you asking if an defibrillaotr would destroy a pacemaker?  If your heart is stopped or in fibrillation, what difference does it make?  If he does nothing, you're dead.  Any EMT that doesn't first check before using a defibrillaotr is probably going to murder a lot of someones along the line. An AED will check the patient's EKG (the 'A' part of AED) for an arrhythmia that the AED can correct before delivering the juice.

No, pacemakers are supposed to be able to withstand a defibrillaor jolt, in any case. The paddles aren't supposed to be placed right over the device, however.


by Gotrhythm - 2019-05-13 14:55:33

As a fiction writer, what-if scenarios are life blood to me. The fun is figuring out how it could happen--no matter how unlikely. The challenge is leading the reader to accept that this wildly unlikely event really could occur with just the right set of circumstances.

Try as I would, I could not imagine a scerario in which one was "accidentally" defibrillated by someone using a defribrillator.

Deliberately yes. Accidentally no.

That doesn't really answer your question though. Okay, assuming somehow it could happpen,  would a pacemaker get fried? I don't know. Possibly not. Several members have reported accidentallly sustaining large shocks when messing with electrical wiring with no damage to their pacemakers. On the other hand, I wouldn't volunteer to test it.

Shocks are tolerated

by ericnz - 2019-05-13 22:48:57

This is turning out to be quite hilarious. I think I will vote your comments Gotrhythm the winner.

You answered what I wanted to hear that our pacemekers are up to handling an external electrical shock. Thanks.

Web search

by AgentX86 - 2019-05-13 23:29:15

A web search of "pacemaker" and "defibrillator" or "AED" finds some interesting stuff.


by Tracey_E - 2019-05-14 10:49:49

An AED can be used when we have a pacemaker, yes. I just renewed my certification this week and it's always covered in the class. Depending where our device is placed, they may have to modify where the pads go but most have the device on the left and pads go on the right and side. Other than that, no difference. An AED is only used if we are already dead. so there is absolutely nothing to lose. 


by ericnz - 2019-05-14 16:03:59

Thanks Tracey_E.  I see you have reached the quarter of a cetury with a pacemaker. Congratulations I reckon you would be an expert on the evolution of them ?

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