Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (cont.)
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Minutes count. For every minute that a person in ventricular fibrillation is not defibrillated, the chances of resuscitation drop by almost 10% per minute. Click to view larger image.
CPR buys some time until a defibrillator becomes available. Click to view larger image.
Early defibrillation is the most important link in the Chain of Survival. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2016
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