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Research Article

Use of the automatic external defibrillator-pacemaker by ambulance personnel: the Stockport experience.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 02 May 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:1133
  1. A J Gray,
  2. A D Redmond,
  3. M A Martin


    In an attempt to reduce the number of people who die from a cardiac arrest in the Stockport area ambulances were equipped with automatic external defibrillator-pacemakers, and ambulance personnel were trained in their use. Over an 18 month period ambulance personnel attended 113 patients in cardiac arrest with these devices. One patient subsequently survived, and three patients survived for up to three days. The reasons for these poor initial results include the failure of bystanders to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a delay in calling for the ambulance, and too few defibrillators being available.