Finite Element Analysis of Defibrillation Current Density in Pregnant WomenA. Jeremic, E. Khosrowshahli
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Although resuscitation during pregnancy is relatively uncommon and rarely causes death, they have a particularly large impact in terms of the mortality of the unborn child and long-term effects on families and society as whole. In this paper, we present a new 3D finite element model of a pregnant female torso which accounts for presence of amniotic liquid and calculate current density distribution in the uterus. We evaluate the current density a function of voltage difference in order to obtain maximum allowed voltage. The purpose of our study therefore is to evaluate maximum possible voltage for a given position of electrodes which can still be considered safe for a fetus.