Defibrillation Waveforms: Is There a Better Biphasic?

December 14, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance


Biphasic defibrillation waveforms have been used effectively for two decades, largely replacing traditional monophasic waveforms for defibrillation and cardioversion. Not all biphasic waveforms are the same, however; and member healthcare organizations continue to ask us for guidance when selecting from among the available defibrillator models. Common questions include:

  1. Is any one biphasic waveform preferable to another?

  2. Is high-energy or low-energy biphasic better?

We answer these questions with the same response we gave when we addressed the topic in 2001: There is not...

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