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> 70% of sudden cardiac arrest cases occur out of hospital
training and equipping lay volunteers to use an AED in community settings doubled the number of survivors after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest compared with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) alone, from 15% to 30% survival to hospital discharge
Hallstrom AP et al. The Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) trial. N Engl J Med . 2004;351:637-646.
People who survive sudden cardiac arrest have an excellent prognosis:
83% survive for at least one year, and
57% survive for five years or longer.
Why AED is important
Sudden death and survival rate Why AED is important VF 62% VT 7% Brady/asystole/PEA 31%
Why AED is important Repartition of patients who died during Holter monitoring
Bayes de Luna, Ambulatory sudden cardiac death: mechanisms of production of fatal arrhythmia on the basis of data from 157 cases . Am Heart J. 1989; 117: 151–159
Olshausen KV et al. Sudden cardiac death while wearing a Holter monitor. Am J Cardiol 1991; 67:381-386.