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Practical Prevention: How Defibrillators in Public Places Can Save Lives
Frequency of Sudden Heart Death
How Rapid Defibrillation Helps
Who Should Use an AED?
How the Devices Work
CPR Is Still Important
- Recognizing cardiac arrest and calling 911
- Early CPR
- Early defibrillation
- Early advanced medical care
- Post-cardiac arrest care
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.com
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Cardiac arrest. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 8, 2013. Accessed March 18, 2013.
Cardiac arrest statistics. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Cardiac-Arrest-Statistics%5FUCM%5F448311%5FArticle.jsp. Updated January 17, 2013. Accessed March 18, 2013.
Chain of survival. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/WhatisCPR/ECCIntro/Chain-of-Survival%5FUCM%5F307516%5FArticle.jsp. Updated January 2,3 2013. Accessed March 18, 2013.
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Defibrillation. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Defibrillation%5FUCM%5F305002%5FArticle.jsp. Updated February 21, 2012. Accessed March 18, 2013.
Eisenberg MS, Moore J, Cummins RO, et al. Use of the automatic external defibrillator in homes of survivors of out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation. Am J Cardiol. 1989;63:443-446.
External defibrillators. Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/CardiovascularDevices/ExternalDefibrillators/default.htm. Updated January 3, 2011. Accessed March 18, 2013.
How does an automated external defibrillator work? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health//dci/Diseases/aed/aed%5Fhowdoes.html. Accessed March 18, 2013.
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SoRelle R. States set to pass laws limiting liability for lay users of automated defibrillators. Circulation. 1999;99:2606-2607.
State laws on cardiac arrest & defibrillators. National Conference of State Legislatures website. Available at: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/laws-on-cardiac-arrest-and-defibrillators-aeds.aspx. Updated January 2013. Accessed March 18, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013
- Update Date: 03/18/2013