Question. Will the use of automated external defibrillators by the police or firefighters result in better clinical outcomes for people with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest? Study design. Cross-over randomised controlled trial. Main results. There was no significant difference in hospital discharge rates for people experiencing a cardiac arrest between areas in which firefighters and police officers were equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and those areas in which they were not (see Table 1). AEDs significantly improved the return of spontaneous circulation and admission to hospital. A table is presented. Authors' conclusions. Survival to hospital discharge in people experiencing an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was not improved by equipping first responders with automated external defibrillators.
- Automated external defibrillators
- Emergency services
- Heart arrest
- Randomised controlled trial