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Bmj Usa

Sudden death

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:E275
  1. Thomas E Kottke, project leader, professor of medicine (,
  2. Lambert A Wu, instructor
  1. CardioVision 2020, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
  2. Department of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, Minnesota

    What can primary care doctors do?

    There is belief (p 45) that placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into the hands of trained first responders and untrained bystanders is the best way to reduce rates of sudden death.1 However, trials conducted by van Alem et al (p 23) and others2 have not succeeded in increasing survival rates. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored randomized trial testing the strategy of public access to AEDs was only marginally successful: The average intervention effect …

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