Report of nitropatch explosions complicating defibrillation

Edward A Panacek, Mark A. Munger, William F. Rutherford, Stephanie F. Gardner

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Reports of complications associated with the use of electrical defibrillators have been relatively rare. In two patients, defibrillation performed over a nitroglycerin skin patch resulted in electrical arcing with a resultant flash of light and thermal injuries. Skin burns as a complication of defibrillation over nitropatches has not been previously reported. Such burn injuries respond to standard therapeutic measures. Healthcare protessionals who may perform defibrillation should be aware of this potential complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-129
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • burn injuries
  • Defibrillation
  • nitroglycerin
  • nitropatch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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