Tuesday, August 08, 2006

External Defibrillators Also Subject to Recalls?

After seeing this news release regarding the high frequency of external defibrillators being subject to recalls, I'm not sure how we can use automatic external defibrillators to reliably call someone dead, as this article from the New England Journal of Medicine proposes. As I suggested previously, the algorithms for detecting rhythm disturbances in acute emergencies might not be fool-proof enough to make final decisions regarding someone's life.


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