Frank Pantridge (1916-2004) was a Northern Irish cardiologist who created pre-hospital coronary care through the invention of the portable defibrillator
ICD defibrillation treating ventricular fibrillation (VF), and ventricular tachycardia (VT) where ATP has been unsuccessful
Claude Schaeffer Beck (1894-1971) was an American Cardiac Surgeon. Described two cardiac compression triads (1935); first successful use of a defibrillator on a human (1947)
The ACEM fellowship focuses on ARC guidelines for defibrillation. See this post for the current standards of practise and controversies.
Defibrillation pads are used to facilitate cardioversion and defibrillation; some allow ECG monitoring and external pacing; paddles are becoming obsolete
LITFL's 'American ER Doc Gone Walkabout' Rick Abbott tells us about his personal adventures with 'hands on' defibrillation and cardioversion... Are you ready for CPR with no interruptions?