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Cardiac Arrest Is Most Likely at Race Tracks; Defibrillators Are Most Common at Schools
Date:3/5/2013

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The mismatch between where cardiac arrest is most likely to happen and where automated external defibrillators (AEDS) are most likely placed may help explain in part the low survival rate for this "significant public health problem," according to a Canadian study published yesterday online in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Determining Risk for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest by Location Type in a Canadian Urban Setting to Guide Future Public Access Defibrillator Placement") http://tinyurl.com/b4cjv4m.

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"If your heart stops at a school, you're much more likely to be near an AED," said lead study author Steven Brooks , MD, MSc, of Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. "The problem is that many building types – like shopping malls, hotels and race tracks – that are higher risk for cardiac arrest are poorly covered by registered AEDs. Getting bystanders to actually use the AEDs is another hurdle, but they can't use them if they aren't there to begin with."

The top five locations for average annual out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were race track/casino, jail, hotel/motel, hostel/shelter and convention center.  The top five locations for ratio of AEDs to sites were post-secondary school, elementary and secondary school, university or religious residence, fairground, jail and other educational establishment, such as trade school. (University or religious residence and fairground shared third place on the list.)  Although schools were relatively lower risk for cardiac arrest, they represented nearly three-quarters (72.5 percent) of AED-covered locations i
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