In the article, “Cost Effectiveness of Defibrillation by Targeted Responders in Public Settings,” by Nichol et al, which appeared in the August 12, 2003, issue of the journal (Circulation. 2003;108:697–703), an error appeared. This economic evaluation of defibrillation in various public settings was based on incorrect interpretation of the number of defibrillators required at each site.1 The following Table corrects this error. The revised incremental costs are less than previously estimated. However, the authors reconfirm that those making decisions to implement lay responder defibrillation should consider the likelihood of cardiac arrest and the number of defibrillators required at the site.
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