Nov 9, 2000

Outcomes of rapid defibrillation by security officers after cardiac arrest in casinos

The New England Journal of Medicine
T D ValenzuelaR G Hardman

Abstract

The use of automated external defibrillators by persons other than paramedics and emergency medical technicians is advocated by the American Heart Association and other organizations. However, there are few data on the outcomes when the devices are used by nonmedical personnel for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We studied a prospective series of cases of sudden cardiac arrest in casinos. Casino security officers were instructed in the use of automated external defibrillators. The locations where the defibrillators were stored in the casinos were chosen to make possible a target interval of three minutes or less from collapse to the first defibrillation. Our protocol called for a defibrillation first (if feasible), followed by manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The primary outcome was survival to discharge from the hospital. Automated external defibrillators were used, 105 patients whose initial cardiac rhythm was ventricular fibrillation. Fifty-six of the patients 153 percent) survived to discharge from the hospital. Among the 90 patients whose collapse was witnessed (86 percent), the clinically relevant time intervals were a mean (+/-SD) of 3.5+/-2.9 minutes from collapse to attachment of the defibrillator, 4.4+/-2.9 minut...Continue Reading

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Ophthalmoplegia
Ventricular Fibrillation
National Security
Hospitalization
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Electroversion Therapy
Gambling, Pathological
Heart Diseases
Sudden Cardiac Death
Volunteerism

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