Archive - Sep 15, 2011

Archive - Sep 15, 2011

Public Awareness About AEDs Discouragingly Low

Widespread public education campaigns needed

AMSTERDAM—Most laypersons are unfamiliar with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and would be unwilling to use them to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), according to Patrick Schober, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Public accessible AEDs are increasingly made available in highly frequented places, allowing coincidental bystanders to defibrillate with minimal delay if necessary. Although the public, as the largest and most readily available group of potential rescuers, is assigned a key role in this concept of "public" access defibrillation, it is unknown whether bystanders are sufficiently prepared.

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