Public-Access to AEDs Can Double Survival Rates, New Study Shows

A study presented at the November 11 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions showed that AEDs in public places, combined with training, can double cardiac arrest survival rates.The number of survivors of sudden cardiac arrest markedly increased when the victims were helped by community volunteers trained to perform not only CPR but also to use an AED, according to the results of a large multi-center study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with the American Heart Association.Over an average 21.5 months, there were 29 cardiac arrest survivors to hospital discharge in the group assigned to CPR plus AED compared to 15 survivors in the grou...

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