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Widespread Use of Defibrillators in Public Places Saves Lives: Study
Date:1/26/2011

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"I am one of the few people on the planet that thinks CPR is not useful. If it were so great, why are people dying at the same rate that they have been dying since the onset of CPR," said Brady, who wrote an accompanying journal editorial.

It's a "pretend therapy," he said. "You wouldn't tolerate a pretend therapy in breast cancer. You wouldn't tolerate a pretend therapy in stroke. Why are we tolerating a pretend therapy in cardiac arrest?"

The only thing that has made any difference in survival is the AED, and they need to be more readily available, he said.

"The manufacturers need to slash their prices so they are less than an iPhone and move to a widespread personal distribution," Brady said. "Why don't we all have AEDs clipped to our belts? Why don't we have a disposable AED?"

A Japanese study in last March's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine also found that the availability of AEDs in public places saved lives, and often with little neurological damage afterwards.

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

SOURCES: Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., William Osler Professor of Medicine, director, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association spokesman, and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Gust H. Bardy, M.D., clinical professor, medicine, University of Washington, and founding president, Seattle Institute for Cardiovascular Research; Jan. 27, 2011, New England Journal of Medicine


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