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  1. Compressions-First as Critical as Defibrillation for Saving Lives (U.S. News)
      ď 'The compressions-first approach appears to be as good as the defibrillation-first approach, especially if there are delays to EMS arriving on-scene,' says senior author Comilla Sasson, M.D., an emergency medicine physician researcher at the University of Colorado. 'This has major policy implications.' " 07-10

  2. Defibrillators for Cardiac Arrest (
      Provides a variety of defibrillators, including instruction kits. 06-08

  3. Defibrillators for Cardiac Arrest (
      A defibrillator is used to restore a normal heart rhythm by delivering an electrical shock to the heart when the heartbeat is dangerously fast due to ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Either of these conditions can be life-threatening, possibly causing the heart to abruptly cease pumping blood to the body (cardiac arrest), leading to sudden cardiac death."

      "At one point, defibrillators were used only by physicians in a hospital. However, recent technological advances have allowed people with minimal medical training to use automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in an emergency The conduction system is the system by which electrical impulses pace the heartbeat (heart rate).when medical professionals are not present."

  4. Defibrillators for Home Use for Cardiac Arrest ( star
      Provides the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator, including instructions. 06-08

  5. Few Survive Cardiac Arrest (MSNBC News)
      "The odds of surviving cardiac arrest after getting CPR in a hospital are slim and have not improved in more than a decade, a big Medicare study concludes."

      "Only about 18 percent of such patients live long enough to leave the hospital, researchers found." 06-08


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