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Accident: 201114410 - Therapist Receives Electric Shock From Defibrillator

Accident: 201114410 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 05/20/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12031036206/05/20028062Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center
At approximately 8:35 a.m. on May 20, 2002, Employee #1, an inhalation therapist with Antelope Valley Hospital, an inpatient/outpatient medical service facility provider, was working in the critical care unit in room number 207. Employee #1 was ventilating a patient in cardiac arrest during a "code blue." The defibrillator equipment operator, who was standing directly behind Employee #1, pushed the button to energize the defibrillator while Employee #1 was still in contact with the patient. Employee #1 received an electric shock. Employee #1 was admitted as an inpatient in the Antelope Valley Hospital with atrial fibrillation and elevated blood pressure. The defibrillator equipment operator did not have visual contact with Employee #1 and did not yell "clear" before energizing the defibrillator.
Keywords: cardiac arrest
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120310362 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Inhalation therapists

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