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Curr Opin Crit Care. 2002 Jun;8(3):195-8.

Feasibility of public access to defibrillation.

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Department of Aviation, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois 60666, USA.


Immediate defibrillation is the single most effective therapy to reverse ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest today. The once physician-only skill of defibrillation has entered mainstream society and is saving the lives of many sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims in a variety of settings. The automated external defibrillator (AED) and the concept of public access defibrillation (PAD) are a result of collaborative efforts between the American Heart Association (AHA) and medical manufacturers. Today, airports, airlines, casinos, cruise ships, and other public venues have modernized their first aid kits to include an AED. The success of these programs has ignited a trend in public safety and subsequently marketed the worth of AEDs in the home. Although optimal placement of AEDs remains uncertain, PAD is showing great promise in reducing the death rate from SCA. The lay public, both trained and untrained, is emerging as the next level of emergency care responders able to use a defibrillator.

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