Pediatric Defibrillation, Cardioversion and Transcutaneous Pacing

Pediatric Defibrillation, Cardioversion and Transcutaneous Pacing

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In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessment of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this activity for 1.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This course addresses the physiology, indications, equipment, voltage selection, and clinical considerations when performing cardiac defibrillation and cardioversion. The course also covers the indications and necessary equipment for transcutaneous pacing, and presents a case demonstration of the procedure.

Instructional Time

1 hour, 30 minutes

Target Audience

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Specialty Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses in Specialty Areas
  • Licensed Practical Nurses

Expiration Dates

  • Approved: May 24, 2017
  • Released: May 24, 2017
  • Expires: May 24, 2019

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • List the indications for cardiac defibrillation
  • Describe the basic physiologic process underlying cardiac defibrillation
  • Identify the equipment used in performing cardiac defibrillation and the differences in equipment between adults and children
  • Describe the differences in using pads versus paddles in cardiac defibrillation
  • Identify the appropriate voltages utilized in cardiac defibrillation
  • List the steps in performing a cardiac defibrillation
  • Understand the role of defibrillation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the additional steps that should be taken when resuscitating a patient
  • List the indications and contraindications of cardioversion
  • Demonstrate proper defibrillator pad placement for both infants and older children
  • Describe the steps involved in performing safe cardioversion on patients
  • Identify the initial electricity dosage indicated for patients requiring cardioversion
  • Develop a systematic approach to patient assessment, monitoring, and documentation during resuscitations requiring cardioversion
  • Describe how to operate the equipment involved in transcutaneous pacing
  • Discuss the indications, and their underlying pathophysiology, for transcutaneous pacing
  • List and perform the steps involved in transcutaneous pacing



Mjaye Mazwi

Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital


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Instructor Disclosures

No disclosures to report:

Mjaye Mazwi, MD

Content Reviewers

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Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH, Douglas Mah, MD, Michele DeGrazia, PhD, RN, NNP, Lesley Niccolini

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This program receives no commercial support.