The physician is preparing for cardioversion of a patient with atrial fibrillation. The nurse places the conductive pads at


• In general, anterior-posterior paddle placement is used for cardioversion of atrial fibrillation.

• For anterior-posterior placement: one paddle is placed just to the right of the sternum at the fourth intracostal space and the other paddle is placed between the between the scapulae on the back, making a "heart sandwich" as the shock runs diagonally through the chest.

• The other locations for paddle placement are incorrect.

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