Archive - Feb 3, 2011

Archive - Feb 3, 2011

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Study: A Minority of Individuals Knows About AEDs and Would be Willing to Use One

Researchers Call for Widespread Information Campaigns

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands--Less than half (47%) of the people in a public place who have access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) would be willing to use it, according to Dutch researchers who surveyed 1,018 people from 38 nations. More than half (53%) were unable to recognize the device.

People waiting for someone else to help

SCA Foundation Speaks Out on FDA Actions in The New York Times

"If regulatory hurdles increase, public access to AEDs will decrease," said Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, in a letter that was published in The New York Times on February 3.  "That would be devastating news for the 295,000 people who suffer sudden death outside hospitals each year— and a giant step backward in the quest to improve survival from the nation’s leading killer."

The letter was prompted by an article in the Times by Duff Wilson about the Food and Drug Administration's recent public hearing regarding reclassification of AEDs. 

To read the letter, click here

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