A public access defibrillation programme in non-inpatient hospital areas

Franklin D. Friedman, Karen Dowler, Mark S. Link

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Introduction: Automatic external defibrillators (AED) have proven to be valuable and life saving for out of hospital cardiac arrests. Their use in hospital arrests is less well documented, but they offer the opportunity to improve survival in the hospital setting also. Methods: The implementation of a public access defibrillation (PAD) programme at a tertiary care hospital is described, with reference specifically to targeting areas where time from arrest to arrival of defibrillation would be greater than 3 min. Results: Nine AEDs were placed in areas of the hospital distant from inpatient or outpatient floors. The locations of the AEDs were chosen based on a 3 min walk from currently available defibrillators to all areas of the hospital, including parking garages and walkways from building to building. In this programme AED use in non-inpatient hospital locations resulted in the resuscitation of a patient in ventricular fibrillation. Conclusion: PAD in non-inpatient hospital settings can be life saving and similar programmes should be considered for other hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-411
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Defibrillation
  • Emergency treatment
  • Resuscitation
  • Return of spontaneous circulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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