A new information sign to improve awareness and use of publicly available AEDs

      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
      • Colquhoun M.C.
      • Chamberlain D.A.
      • Newcombe R.G.
      • et al.
      A national scheme for public access defibrillation in England and Wales: early results.
      result. Standard safety signs in the UK
      • Resuscitation Council UK
      Standard sign for AEDs.
      and 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.
      • 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.
      Many people are unable to recognise an AED or use it in an emergency.
      • Schober P.
      • van Dehn F.B.
      • Bierens J.J.L.M.
      • et al.
      Public access defibrillation: time to access the public.
      The 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.
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