A medical device used in the defibrillation of the heart. It consists of a central unit and a set of two electrodes. The central unit provides a source of power and control. The two electrodes are placed directly on or in the patient. The device is designed to deliver a controlled electric shock to the patient in order to reverse ventricular fibrillation. For items including recording equipment, see DEFIBRILLATOR/MONITOR-RECORDER.

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