Defib Fire (was: March 23rd episode) : LUSENET : ER Discussions : One Thread

I am confused. Can somebody explain why the patient caught fire when the paddles were used on him?

-- Barb (, March 24, 2000


Response to March 23rd episode

The shock from the defib paddles lets off a very strong charge, enough to burn human flesh. Even though they took precautions, the patient's long, thick chest hair would have no trouble igniting under those conditions.

-- Victor (, March 24, 2000.

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