Awareness of automated external defibrillators in the community: a local study

Baker, Colin and Loade, Carol and Crone, Diane (2015) Awareness of automated external defibrillators in the community: a local study. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 10 (9). pp. 444-451. ISSN 1749-6403

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Abstract

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are an important part of the chain of survival and provide a valuable first response to cardiac arrest. The National Defibrillator Programme instigated the installation of AEDs across England, but there is a need for greater local evidence concerning their installation. The aim of this study was to investigate the current status of AED provision within a single district in a county located in southwest UK. A mixed-methods study was undertaken including a quantitative survey and qualitative interviews. In total, 182 surveys were completed and seven interviews were undertaken with participants representing local organisations. Less than one third of organisations had installed AEDs and people were not clear about where the nearest AED was situated. Further awareness must be raised in order to develop public knowledge and confidence concerning the location, role and use of community AEDs.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), Cardiac arrest
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 11:37
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 17:13
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2640

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