Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and their role in resuscitation has been documented in the adult population with the reported beneficial outcomes documented in multiple studies. Data for children are lacking because of the relatively small incidence of cardiac arrest in the pediatric population as well as the absence of randomized studies. There have been a few studies that have reviewed sudden cardiac arrest in the school setting as well the use and efficacy of AEDs. This article will review the data with regard to cardiac arrest in the school settings as well as the potential benefits of school CPR-AED programs. There are multiple criticisms and potential barriers of school CPR-AED programs. The specific criticisms will be addressed.
- Electrophysiology - basic
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine