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Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (cont.)

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automated external defibrillators, AEDs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Chain of Survival, commotio cordis, CPR, defibrillation, electric shock, heart attack, public access defibrillation, sudden cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac death, ventricular fibrillation

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Kouwenhouven showed that electrical shocks applied to dogs within 30 seconds of an induced ventricular fibrillation (VF) could produce a 98% rate of resuscitation; however, those shocked after 2 minutes of VF had only a 27% resuscitation rate.

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