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    Default Study Backs Public Defibrillators

    Study backs public defibrillators
    By Robert Davis, USA TODAY

    ORLANDO — Access to defibrillators in public places and people who are trained to use them doubles the survival rate for victims of sudden cardiac arrest, says an ambitious new study.
    A National Institutes of Health study of public access defibrillation — the most extensive clinical trial of its kind — shows that people with no other medical training can save lives by helping cardiac-arrest victims before emergency medical services arrive. (Related story:Study: Defibrillator plans can fail in a heartbeat)

    Though the results are not surprising to many who have implemented these programs in such places as casinos and airports, they have been anticipated by experts seeking hard evidence.

    "We knew we could save more lives if we could get to people sooner, and we knew we could get there sooner if the defibrillator was on site and people knew how to use it," says Jerry Potts of the American Heart Association. "What we didn't have until now was a randomized study that proved it." The results were presented at the AHA's annual scientific meeting here.

    In the study, nearly 20,000 people were trained to use defibrillators, computerized devices that even children can use to restart a heart. Volunteers were located in 993 public places in 24 areas of the USA and Canada.

    The sites were equally divided into those that had access to a defibrillator and those that did not, requiring volunteers there to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation. During the 21-month study, there were 232 cases of cardiac arrest and 44 survivors. Of the survivors, 29 had been treated with a defibrillator, 15 with CPR.

    CPR is vital, but when a heart is quivering in ventricular fibrillation, only a shock from a defibrillator will save the life, experts say.

    In most cases, life and death is defined within six minutes. USA TODAY found this year that emergency medical systems in most big cities fail to reach victims in that time, costing more than 1,000 lives in the 50 largest U.S. cities.

    The USA TODAY report shows that of 250,000 Americans who die outside of hospitals from cardiac arrest each year, 56,000 to 76,000 suffer ventricular fibrillation — a treatable short circuit in the heart.

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    This offers good information to the skeptics & those who "don't want to be involved." If we can all keep educating the public, our jobs can get a little easier.
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    We have public trained for AED, it has been great our rigs have the same plugs as all the other units in the area except the hospital.. i don't know why they want to have different plugs but being uniform has sped things up in patient transfers, i think with increased training we need to have that kind of uniformity.
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    But you have to think that a live person in ANY condition is better than a corpse. If there's a chance to provide quality of life to survivors, I'm all for it. People don't get the chance as often with fewer defibrillators. Cardiac arrest in an airplane is certain death without these, right? With survivability decreasing every minute, I say the move to layperson AED is the right one. We train people in CPR, but that's not the fix. Defibrillation is the better solution
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