November 29, 2011

Push for hospitals to buy new defibrillators criticized


Hospitals around the country have been spending millions of dollars to buy automated defibrillators to save the lives of more patients who go into sudden cardiac arrest. The purchases were spurred by a 2000 recommendation from an American Heart Assn. committee that said the equipment would bring patients speedier emergency medical help… as Dr. Roger White, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist in Rochester, Minn., who was on a subcommittee that provided defibrillator advice to the AHA, put it: "What we thought would work hasn't worked so far."

LA Times, by Lilly Fowler, 11/28/11

Tags: cardiac arrest, Cardiology, Dr. Roger White

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