Public access defibrillation-results from the victorian ambulance cardiac arrest registry

M. Lijovic, S. Bernard, Z. Nehme, T. Walker, K. Smith

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    © 2014. Aim: To assess the impact of automated external defibrillator (AED) use by bystanders in Victoria, Australia on survival of adults suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in a public place compared to those first defibrillated by emergency medical services (EMS). Methods: We analysed data from the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry for individuals aged >15 years who were defibrillated in a public place between 1 July 2002 and 30 June 2013, excluding events due to trauma or witnessed by EMS. Results: Of 2270 OHCA cases who arrested in a public place, 2117 (93.4%) were first defibrillated by EMS and 153 (6.7%) were first defibrillated by a bystander using a public AED. Use of public AEDs increased almost 11-fold between 2002/2003 and 2012/2013, from 1.7% to 18.5%, respectively (. p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1739-1744
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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