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WHY AEDS?

THEREíS GOOD REASON TO DEPLOY MORE AEDS AND TRAIN MORE PEOPLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Automated external defibrillators are miracles of modern technology, automatically assessing whether someone whoís having an apparent heart attack is a candidate for a shock, then administering one if needed. Johns Hopkins research led by Myron Weisfeldt has shown that the majority of people who suffer out of hospital cardiac arrest do have a shockable rhythm, but far fewer receive a shock.

WEISFELDT: Of the people who have an AED applied by a bystander in a public location, 35% of those people survive to leave the hospital alive. Thatís pretty good. There are still only 5-10% of cardiac arrests that occur in public that an AED is actually applied, so we could save a lot more people if there was a uniform placement of AEDs in all large public buildings and if members of the public consistently learned how to use AEDs and were willing to use them. :33

At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.


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