They both seem like they do the same thing - try to get the patient back into NSR. Are there any differences? If so, what are they? I've been searching online, found some stuff but still don't seem to get it! Hope someone can clarify for me.
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They are basically the same. Most notable difference is that one delivers a charge through manual delivery and the other delivers the charge through mechanical delivery. Both need some sort of electrical activity from the heart in order to shock the heart. Without electrical activity, there is nothing to shock.
Cardioversion captures a rhythm and delivers the shock at a rhythm-sensitive appropriate time.
Defibrillation shocks whatever rhythm is occuring back into a "normal" rhythm (best case scenario).
Last edit by roser13 on Feb 10, '11