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27 January 2011

Defibrillators in public places saves lives: study

The odds of surviving a "shockable" arrhythmia cardiac arrest are greater if bystanders can give CPR and use a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED), says study.

The odds of surviving cardiac arrest are greater if it is caused by a "shockable" arrhythmia and if bystanders can give CPR and a shock from a nearby automated external defibrillator (AED), a new study finds.

AEDs placed and used in public places will save lives if they are easy to find and a bystander is willing to use them, Weisfeldt added.

 

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