Archive - Sep 2, 2015

Archive - Sep 2, 2015

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Increase in Number of AEDs Leads to Improved Survival

LONDON, UK--A Danish study has found that the survival of cardiac arrest patients following bystander CPR increased from less than 10% in 2001 to around 55% in 2012. The change follows a substantial increase in the number of AEDs in Denmark—from 141 in 2007 to 7,800 in 2012—and improvements in public CPR education.

Investigator Steen Hansen from Aalborg University in Denmark said that prompt use of an AED can have a "significant impact on the chances of survival," but this depends on the proximity of the AED to the cardiac arrest and a bystander who is able to locate and use the device.

This study found that while 74% of cardiac arrests occurred in the home, the rate of bystander defibrillation for those in public locations increased from 1.4% in 2001 to 11.9% in 2012. 

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