ANCHOR LEAD: AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS ARE SAVING LIVES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDS, those devices emblazoned with a big red heart and seen hanging on the wall in airports, shopping malls, and other public places, actually save the lives of people who’ve suffered cardiac arrest when bystanders use them, a Johns Hopkins study has shown. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Hopkins, describes the findings.
LANGE: We know that for neighborhoods or communities that have been trained in routine CPR, that when someone has a witnessed arrest out of hospital, their chance of survival even after successful CPR administration, is only 5-9%. The recent study shows that when CPR is combined with early defibrillation by bystanders, it increases the survival rate to 36%. :25
AEDS are capable of determining whether someone needs a shock to restart their heart, so bystanders don’t have to worry about whether they’re doing the right thing. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.