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Use of automated external defibrillators in Spain: past, present and future

Socorro Santana F

Hospital Universiario Insular de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas, Spain.

This article takes a historical view of the science of resuscitation, particularly with regard
to the devices that have led to the greatest successes: automated external defibrillators.
Discussed are the first known attempts at defibrillation, the advances made possible
through basic science, and the contributions of industry and technology in responding
to clinical needs. Future progress that technology will bring, and features already
available on some devices, include built-in global positioning systems and guidance in
the form of recorded voice prompts and feedback to help the user. Finally, also discussed
is the creation of public access defibrillation programs, which have tripled the survival
rates by putting automated external defibrillators into the lay bystander's hands. These
projects have led to the most important advances in the treatment of cardiac arrest since
the advent of modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the 1950s.

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