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In-hospital use of automated external defibrillators does not improve survival

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Trudy DwyerTrudy Dwyer, J Dennett
The use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) following a cardiac arrest in the out-of-hospital setting has demonstrated increased survival rates, likely because up to 71% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are associated with rhythm disturbances that are able to be treated with defibrillation. It is less clear whether the use of AEDs in the hospital setting would be effective because fewer patients (approximately 25%) have initial cardiac rhythms that respond to defibrillation and because survival may be compromised if the use of AEDs contributes to interruptions in the delivery of chest compressions.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

24

Issue

4

Start Page

210

End Page

212

Number of Pages

3

eISSN

1878-1721

ISSN

1036-7314

Location

United States

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Central Gippsland Health Service; Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian critical care.