Archive - Nov 28, 2011

Archive - Nov 28, 2011

AHA Reaffirms Need for AEDs in Hospitals

DALLAS–The American Heart Association (AHA) takes issue with the article originally appearing on Nov. 14 as “Bad Shock…” by Lilly Fowler.

The article raised questions about how the AHA developed its guidelines for the use of AEDs in hospitals. The writing group for this recommendation followed AHA policy requiring a clear majority of authors to have no relationships with industry (RWI), and that no one with RWI be allowed to vote on any recommendation.

The AHA has consistently enforced strong policies to guard against influence of industry in the development of our guidelines. Our mission is to save lives. It is clear that early defibrillation saves lives. Without it, victims with shockable rhythms have virtually no chance of survival.

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