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New Horiz. 1997 May;5(2):137-44.

Automated external defibrillators--experiences with their use and options for their further development.

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  • 1Physio-Control Corporation, Redmond, WA 98073-9706, USA.


The purpose of this session at the Wolf Creek IV Conference was to explore future improvements in automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). Rather then conduct a general brain-storming session where any and all ideas are encouraged, participant comments were based on either direct personal experience or based on the experience of others. This article captures the comments in the words of the speakers. Generic improvements in AEDs such as making them smaller, lighter, less expensive, more reliable, and easy to use are always desired. The importance of data collection and analysis was stressed. Of particular concern was the importance of time and time interval measurements. System clock and defibrillator clock synchronization is desired. Concern over liability was voiced by many. The role of the American Heart Association was discussed by both panel members and members of the audience.

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