Automated external defibrillators: everywhere?

Cardiac arrest is one of the biggest causes of death in the UK. There is an abundance of evidence showing that defibrillation is the most effective treatment in cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, providing there is a support network to ensure installation, maintenance and training for users of the automated external defibrillator (AED). This article uses the authors' personal experience to review and discuss AED use in the workplace and in public access defibrillation programmes, as well as reviewing current guidelines.

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