Bystander Defibrillation Improves Outcomes

Bystander automated external defibrillator use in shockable observed public out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is associated with improved survival and functional outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in Circulation.

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Bystander automated external defibrillator use in shockable observed public out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated with improved survival and functional outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 26 in Circulation.

Ross A. Pollack, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues collected detailed information on all cardiac arrests at nine regional centers to examine the correlation of bystander automated external defibrillator use with survival and functional outcomes. The correlation was examined in shockable observed OHCA.

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The researchers found that 4,115 observed public OHCAs were analyzed, out of 49,555 OHCAs; 60.8 percent of the observed public OHCAs were shockable.

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