Abstract 19163: Public Knowledge and Confidence to Use Automated External Defibrillators
Introduction: Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have been placed in highly frequented public areas in order to improve Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) survival. We sought to analyze public awareness of the AED nearest location and knowledge of AED use.
Methods: We performed a survey in three kinds of places (train station, city mall and public park) of all individuals within 100 meters from an AED.
Results: A total of 301 people responded to the survey. About half respondents (49%) had a Basic Life Support (BLS) training experience with 70 % of them trained after 2007 and 37% who attempted a one hour training initiation. The universal AED sign was recognized by 37% of all respondents and 64% could recognize an AED on a picture. The closest AED location was known by 16% of the respondents with a positive impact of training after 2007 and knowledge of AED sign and picture (p<0.0001). A majority of respondents (66%), considered they had the right to use an AED and 59% knew in which circumstances it is necessary to use it. Only 25% of the respondents declared to know how to use an AED. We could not observe significant differences between respondents who followed standard 10 hour training and 1 hour training initiation regarding recognition of the AED sign, identification of an AED on a picture, awareness of their right to use an AED, and knowledge on AED use.
Conclusion: This survey conducted in places known to be at risk of OHCA highlights the need for a better AED visibility in public places and the need to improve public knowledge and confidence in the use of AED.
Author Disclosures: B. Dahan: None. P. Jabre: None. J. Bernasconi: None. N. Karam: None. F. Dumas: None. M. Tafflet: None. E. Marijon: None. X. Jouven: None.
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