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Date:7/29/2009

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Dr. Fredrik Folke and his colleagues digitally mapped the locations of all cardiac arrests that occurred in Copenhagen from 1994 through 2005. They compared this data with the locations of 104 AEDs placed in municipal institutions in the city.

According to the analysis, AED coverage in 10 percent of the city would cover about 67 percent of all cardiac arrests. The highest number of cardiac arrests happened in train stations, large shopping centers, central bus terminals, sports centers and other high-density areas.

"Our findings suggest that public access defibrillation programs should cover the greatest possible number of arrests in public, which is consistent with the recommendations from the American Heart Association," said Folke, lead author of the study and a cardiology research fellow at Gentofte University Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark.

"But if AED deployment in the community is driven by local or political initiatives and not on strategic AED placement, there is a high risk of AEDs being place primarily in low-incidence areas of cardiac arrest and, hence, low likelihood of the AEDs ever being used," he added.

More information

The American Heart Association has more on CPR guidelines.



-- Dennis Thompson



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, July 27, 2009


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