What is it about?

A review of the evidence surrounding the analysis, interpretation and time to the first defibrillation when comparing human, or manual defibrillation, versus a machine, or an automated defibrillation strategy. In an attempt to ascertain the superior method and surrounding factors for Paramedics in pre-hospital cardiac arrests.

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Why is it important?

Improving survival to hospital and hospital survival to discharge is the ultimate goal of any out of hospital resuscitation attempt. The factors surrounding pre hospital defibrillation could be managed differently and improvements made to increase survival outcomes.


There has been much discussion in recent years surrounding the use of automated external defibrillators in Paramedic led cardiac arrests. As a Paramedic I feel any changes to our management systems that Improve outcomes should be explored.

Mr Neil Anthony Smith
Teesside University

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This page is a summary of: A comparison of biphasic manual and semi-automatic external defibrillation, Journal of Paramedic Practice, June 2023, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2023.15.6.238.
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