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Defibrillators

Question for Department of Health

UIN 221846, tabled on 23 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been undertaken by his Department into the effect that an individual's knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation has on their (a) confidence and (b) efficacy in using an automated emergency defibrillator.

Answered on

2 February 2015

The Department has not funded research into the effect that an individual's knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation has on their confidence and efficacy in using an automated external defibrillator. However, Professor Gray, the National Clinical Director for heart disease in NHS England, contributed to a study, the findings of which were published last year, which suggested that improving public confidence in using public access defibrillators was probably a factor in the successful deployment of these devices. The article can be found at:

http://heart.bmj.com/content/100/8/619.full?sid=eeec7a42-ee93-4458-b5cc-ec29680245a3

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