Bystander defibrillator use more likely for older kids

From Reuters:

Older children in cardiac arrest are more likely than younger kids to have a bystander use a defibrillator to treat them before an ambulance arrives, a U.S. study suggests.

The study focused on 1,400 cardiac arrests in kids ranging in age from 2 to 18 years. Most of these cases, 75 percent, happened in private places and 63 percent were not witnessed by other people who might have been able to treat kids with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Overall, bystanders used AEDs before ambulances arrived in just 28 percent of cases. The vast majority of these incidents involved first responders like lifeguards or police officers who deployed AEDs before ambulances reached the scene.

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