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Monroe Community College
Rochester, New York

MCC Paramedic Program

Paddle placement
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Note that during AA (antero-apical) defibrillation, the positve "apex" paddle should be located at the left 8-10th intercostal area at the anterior or mid axillary line to ensure that energy passes through the left ventrical. The "Critical Mass theory" says that you must depolarize >75% of the LV myocardium to achieve successful defibrillation.

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Updated: March 24, 1999