When the heart stops suddenly, it can sometimes be restarted with an electric shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED) – but even when an AED is nearby, it’s often locked up out of reach, researchers warn.
One in five cardiac arrests outside of hospitals occurred near an AED that was inaccessible at the time, their study found.
“We do need more AEDs out there and need to make sure they are accessible 24/7, outside buildings, possibly inside cabinets that protect from the elements,” said senior author Timothy C.Y. Chan, director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto.
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