3. Defibrillators can electrocute you if used in wet conditions: Myth
It’s very unlikely that the defib will send a shock if the conditions are too wet, for example, if the patient has collapsed in the rain and hasn’t been moved. We recommend that you first move the patient to a dry area and attempt to dry them off using a towel or whatever is available to you at the time. It’s unlikely that the electrode pads will stick properly to the chest of the patient if the area is too wet.
4. Defibrillators will still shock someone who has been misdiagnosed: Myth
Some people often worry that a defibrillator will send a shock to a patient who doesn’t actually require one and this can then cause them harm. A defibrillator will first assess the heart to see if there is an irregular heart rhythm which determines if a shock is required. This means that there won’t be a circumstance where a shock is delivered when not actually required. Modern defibrillators use state-of-the-art technologies to thoroughly assess the patient’s heart, so the event of a misdiagnosed shock is highly unlikely.