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Technology to aid new resuscitation procedures.(Product Guide)

To comply with the new international guidelines (American Heart Association, European Resuscitation Council November 2005), emergency first responders are revising procedures for resuscitating victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Until recently the focus for patients in ventricular fibrillation has been around getting the AED to the scene and shocking as quickly as possible. If the professional first responder witnesses a sudden cardiac arrest, or if the response time from collapse is under four minutes, then prompt defibrillation is still the first course of treatment.

If the response time is more than four to five minutes from collapse, research now shows that the patient's chance of survival is increased if quality CPR is carried out for two to three minutes before defibrillation. …

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