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FDA Looking at Tougher Standards for External Defibrillators
Date:1/25/2011

heart rhythm and recognize a rhythm that requires a shock. They can also tell a rescuer when a shock is needed by using voice prompts, lights and text messages, according to the American Heart Association.

Each year, approximately 300,000 Americans suffer a cardiac arrest, according to the FDA. External defibrillators used by bystanders seem to save an estimated 474 lives a year, according to the FDA executive summary, and the devices are associated with almost doubling the survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases.

While the FDA is not bound to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, it typically does so.

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For more on cardiac arrest, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jan. 24, 2011; Associated Press


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