Purpose: Use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by laypeople witnessing a cardiac arrest allows a shock to be given sooner than waiting for EMS and higher survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
1result. Standard safety signs in the UK
- Colquhoun M.C.
- Chamberlain D.A.
- Newcombe R.G.
- et al.
A national scheme for public access defibrillation in England and Wales: early results.
Resuscitation. 2008; 78: 275-280
2and Europe are designed to be placed near public AEDs to help people locate them. The effectiveness of these signs has never been evaluated, but public AEDs are used in only a minority of cardiac arrests.
- Resuscitation Council UK
Standard sign for AEDs.
3Many people are unable to recognise an AED or use it in an emergency.
- Deakin C.D.
- Shewry E.
- Gray H.H.
Public access defibrillation remains out of reach for most victims of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
Heart. 2014; 100: 619-623
4The Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation are designing an additional information sign to be placed near publicly available AEDs to encourage their use.
- Schober P.
- van Dehn F.B.
- Bierens J.J.L.M.
- et al.
Public access defibrillation: time to access the public.
Ann Emerg Med. 2011; 58: 240-247
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- A national scheme for public access defibrillation in England and Wales: early results.Resuscitation. 2008; 78: 275-280
- Standard sign for AEDs.2009 (Available from: http://www.resus.org.uk/pages/AEDsign.htm [accessed 20.05.15])
- Public access defibrillation remains out of reach for most victims of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.Heart. 2014; 100: 619-623
- Public access defibrillation: time to access the public.Ann Emerg Med. 2011; 58: 240-247
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