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rachael
06-24-2009, 10:05 AM
I just completed CPR and AED training. They taught us to remove anything metal before administering the shock. Does anyone know if rods would interfer or worsen the condition if one were to be shocked with spinal hardware?

SLS
06-24-2009, 03:08 PM
I am certified in CPR and AED, and I don't recall being taught to "remove anything metal." I wouldn't take the time do remove, rings, etc. Time is critical in the event of cardiac arrest.

If the victim were holding onto a metal bar, for instance, and you were as well, that would transmit an electrical current to you.

That being said, as far as a rod goes, or any other metal in ones body, it would be the least of my concerns if it meant saving someones life.

JenniferG
06-24-2009, 04:23 PM
Now that's something I never thought about.:eek:

I'll be interested to know how the shock would affect patients with rods, if anyone can tell us.

rachael
08-04-2009, 01:38 PM
FYI...I requested more info on this from the American Heart Association. If you are interested in their response!

"Thank you for contacting the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In regards to your email, implanted prosthetic orthopedic devices do not pose a harm and are not included in the CPR guidelines of devices to avoid or consider alternative placement of defibrillator pads. External metal and body piercings that may interfere with defib pad placement are included in the guidelines and are recommended to be removed when possible

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write again or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721). We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you and have a great day.


Sincerely,
American Heart Association
National Service Center
Customer Service
www.americanheart.org
(800) AHA-USA1"

JenniferG
08-04-2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks Rachael, for going to the trouble of finding that out for us!