Automated external defibrillators for home use

Murray C L, Steffensen I
Record ID 32005000354
English, French
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this report is to review the available information on the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator, an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is approved for home use by untrained users.

Authors' results and conclusions: No published studies evaluated the use of the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator in the home. Approval of the device for home use was based on data obtained from clinical studies of the technology in other settings. Two published studies have evaluated the use of AED units in the home. Another study evaluated the use of an AED by an untrained person in a public setting. A small 2003 study compared the ease of use of three automated external defibrillators by untrained lay people.
Authors' recommendations: No prospective studies demonstrate that the use of AEDs in the home by untrained persons improves health outcomes. Further investigation is needed to determine the benefit and harm of AEDs in the home.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2005
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Coronary Disease
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Defibrillators
  • Heart Arrest
Organisation Name: Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: 600-865 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8 Canada. Tel: +1 613 226 2553, Fax: +1 613 226 5392;
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