New Study Shows Importance of PAD Programs

We all know that AED units save lives. We all know that time is of the essence. So, how often are AEDs used during a rescue? A new study out of England suggests that AED units are only retrieved and applied to victims before EMS arrives 1.74% of the time, a rate, according to the authors, as “disappointingly low.”

In a separate study, out of Canada, researchers identify that less than 1 in 4 cardiac arrest victims had an AED within 100 meters of the sudden cardiac arrest incident. The average, according to this 5-year study, indicates that AEDs were available, on average, within 300 meters.

What do a “disappointingly low” deployment of AEDs during a rescue and AEDs located too far from victims have in common? The fact that they both offer evidence that we need more AEDs in communities around the world!

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