Archive - Jan 30, 2011

Archive - Jan 30, 2011

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There's an opportunity to misunderstand...

and it appears that many people are taking it.
The wonderful piece in the New England Journal of Medicine a few days ago makes the point that the heart rhythms "shockable" by an AED (ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia) are more commonly observed in public places than in the home.
That doesn't mean that more people who arrest in public are more likely to have those rhythms. It means that BY THE TIME SOMEONE GETS A DEVICE LIKE AN AED OR A DEFIBRILLATOR ONTO A CARDIAC ARREST VICTIM, MORE PEOPLE IN PUBLIC PLACES ARE IN A SHOCKABLE RHYTHM THAN ARE PEOPLE AT HOME. THIS IS BECAUSE IT TAKES LONGER TO GET AN AED OR A DEFIBRILLATOR ONTO A PERSON WHO ARRESTS AT HOME..

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