Abstract 99: Placement of Automated External Defibrillators in Denmark: “Free Seating”
Objectives: According to current guidelines from the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) should be placed where there is a high incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This includes transportation centers, sport facilities, and large shopping malls. In Denmark, all AEDs have had “over-the-counter” status since 2003 thus allowing everyone to purchase an AED without prescription or medical supervision. We investigated how this system influenced AED placement nationally.
Methods: We collected information on AED placement on September 15th 2010 from a web page used for voluntary registration of AEDs in Denmark.
Results and discussion: There were 2811 registered AEDs. The majority (29%) was registered at private companies, and another 7% were registered at shops and 4% at hotels. Around 10% were placed in municipal buildings (e.g. town halls) and another 10% were registered in schools, kindergartens, or nursing homes. Nineteen and 3% were registered at sport facilities and at transportation centers, respectively. Healthcare professionals (dentists, GPs, and physiotherapists) had 5% of the registered AEDs. Two percent of the AEDs were purchased by residents' associations and 1% by a private person. The rest were registered at various other locations.
Conclusion: With nonstrategic initiatives, AEDs are not necessarily placed where there is a high risk of out-of hospital cardiac arrest.
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