WHO DOES AED HELP
WHO IS LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM USE OF AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Automated external defibrillators or AEDs are found in shopping malls, airports and other public places for use by others when someone suffers an apparent heart attack. A Johns Hopkins study by Myron Weisfeldt has shown that despite questions on the benefit of widespread AED availability, deployment and training of people to use AEDs is helpful.
WEISFELDT: What this study shows is that people who have a cardiac arrest in a public place have a shockable rhythm 60-80% of the time, and their lives can be saved by the public quickly using an AED and using it properly to shock them. We’re doing just the right thing. We’re putting AEDs in public places, where it turns out that the vast majority of patients who have cardiac arrest have the kind of shockable rhythm where an AED would help save their lives. :32
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.