Charging up the public for automated external defibrillators
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Critical Care 2005, 9:147-148 doi:10.1186/cc3484
See related research article http://ccforum.com/content/9/2/R110Published: 24 February 2005
Public training in the use of automated external defibrillators to treat out-of-hospital cardiac arrests has been receiving increased attention. The implementation of public access defibrillation programs has been the most significant intervention to improve survival in decades. Dramatic success came when we placed automated external defibrillators in the hands of the public to be utilized without an Emergency Medical Services response having to occur. The device is simple to operate – sixth-grade children have demonstrated safe and effective operation. Training should be taken to its elemental level. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training should not be forgotten; it too should be taken to its simplest form.