Prehospital Cardiac Arrest. Public-Access Defibrillation

Simón Salzberg, Jorge G. Baulos, Horacio P. Diaz, Ivana Patiño, Adrián Charask, Carolina Granada


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in countries like ours with urban areas. Most of these deaths occur in the prehospital setting and a rapid response with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation are necessary to maximize survival. We describe the case of a subject who suffered a cardiac arrest while walking in the public thoroughfare and was successfully resuscitated with early defibrillation using and automated external defibrillator. The electrocardiograms obtained during the episode are included and the importance of the concept of public access defibrillation is emphasized.

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Revista argentina de cardiología. ISSN en línea 1850-3748. Argentine journal of cardiology (English ed. Online ISSN 2314-2286) Sociedad Argentina de Cardiología. Azcuénaga 980 (C1115AAD),Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, República Argentina. Tel. (54 11) 4961-6027/8/9 Fax: 4961-6020