Public Use of AEDs in Europe: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

  • D. Chamberlain
  • L. Bossaert
  • S. Davies
  • M. Colquhoun
Conference paper


Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were introduced into clinical use in the early 1980s [1,2], but acceptance was slow and it is only recently that their potential for community resuscitation has become widely appreciated. In Europe-as elsewhere-we remain a long way from the optimal use of an important technology. Sufficient experience has been gained, however, to show both the value of AEDs and their limitations, and to indicate where priorities for deployment might lie as their availability increases. The evidence confirming that we should encourage their widespread use is compelling. Whilst there may be a potential role for in-hospital use, the greatest contribution that AEDs can make towards improving survival from cardiac arrest lies outside hospital-for use in public places by persons who are not healthcare professionals.


Cardiac Arrest Public Place Ambulance Service Basic Life Support Automate External Defibrillator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Chamberlain
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Bossaert
    • 3
  • S. Davies
    • 4
  • M. Colquhoun
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Prehospital Emergency Research UnitUniversity of Wales College of Medicine and Lansdowne HospitalCardiffUK
  2. 2.Wales Heart Research InstituteCardiffUK
  3. 3.Department of Intensive CareUniversity Hospital AntwerpEdegemBelgium
  4. 4.Department of HealthDefibrillators in Public Places InitiativeLondonUK

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