In this issue of Resuscitation Sondergaard et al. [
] report that the likelihood of receiving bystander defibrillation decreases quickly as the distance from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) to the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) increases. Bystander automated external defibrillation – when performed – saves lives. The best available data from a recent systematic review and meta-analysis [
- Sondergaard K.B.
- Hansen S.M.
- Pallisgaard J.L.
- Gerds T.A.
- Wissenberg M.
- Karlsson L.
- et al.
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: probability of bystander defibrillation relative to distance to nearest automated external defibrillator.
Resuscitation. 2018; 124: 138-144
] reports that the chances of survival (odds ratio 1.73; 95% confidence interval 1.36–2.18) and favourable neurological outcome (odds ratio 2.12; 95% CI 1.36–3.29) double when defibrillation is undertaken by a bystander.
- Holmberg M.J.
- Vognsen M.
- Andersen M.S.
- Donnino M.W.
- Andersen L.W.
Bystander automated external defibrillator use and clinical outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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Published online: January 11, 2018
Received: December 31, 2017
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