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AEDs in Hospitals Fail to Improve Survival Odds



In some circumstances, hospital use of automated external defibrillators is associated with higher death rates when compared to traditional defibrillators, study shows.



1 comments on "AEDs in Hospitals Fail to Improve Survival Odds"
John Stewart RN, MA (1/7/2011 at 3:53 PM)

This is a very important study. As a hospital nurse, I have long been concerned with the problem of delayed in-hospital defibrillation. It is really a HUGE problem, resulting in a few unnecessary deaths each year in just about every hospital. I believe the initial proportion of shockable rhythms is significantly larger than reported in this and other in-hospital studies, because delays in initial monitoring allow time to decay into flatline. The AHA made a big mistake years ago in tying early defibrillation in hospitals to purchase of AEDs[INVALID]I tried to tell them then, but they didn't listen. The cynic in me says that AHA ties to the defibrillator makers was a factor. Anyway, I think it's feasible to train nurses to defibrillate effectively using any defibrillators you have. See my article at http://www.sjtrem.com/content/18/1/42.