No, you try it

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Get­ting the pub­lic to use an au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor on a per­son in sud­den car­diac ar­rest of­ten plays out like a Life ce­real TV ad from the 1970s, a study has found. “Did you try it?” “I’m not go­ing to try it, you try it.” “I’m not go­ing to try it.” “Let’s get Mikey.” Un­for­tu­nately, Mikey isn’t usu­ally will­ing to use the de­fib­ril­la­tor ei­ther, as the study found that only 28% of par­tic­i­pants in the study “cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the AED, knew its pur­pose and ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to use it,” the study’s lead au­thor, Dr. Pa­trick Schober, of V.U. Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Am­s­ter­dam, said in a re­lease.

More­over, only 47% of re­spon­dents in a pub­lic place with ac­cess to an au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor would be will­ing to use it, ac­cord­ing to the study, con­ducted in an Am­s­ter­dam train sta­tion where AEDs were avail­able.

The study notes that sud­den car­diac ar­rest is a lead­ing cause of mor­tal­ity in North Amer­ica and Europe, and the odds of sur­vival de­cline by 7% to 10% per minute of de­lay in de­fib­ril­la­tion. AEDs are in­creas­ingly avail­able in pub­lic spaces.

“AEDs are ac­tu­ally very easy to use, but it is ob­vi­ous that the pub­lic has not got­ten that mes­sage,” Schober said.

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