Thursday, August 10, 2006

FDA Clarifies Points from JAMA Article on AED Recalls

A worthwhile clarification by the FDA was published today regarding the JAMA article on automatic external defibrillator (AED) recalls recently published. Hopefully this will quell some of the hype regarding the authors' findings.

-Wes

2 comments:

DefibrillatorHub said...

I recently published an article on drug rehab – here is a quote from it, in case you are interested:

Statistics give us more and more pieces of information that are bound to worry us, to make us react and change something if we can. More and more people and in earlier and earlier stages of their life die of a heart disease. Statistics, only in the US, are extremely alarming:
- Every 30 seconds someone dies because of a heart disease;
- More than 2.500 Americans die daily because of heart diseases;
- Every 20 seconds there is a person dying from a heart attack;
- Each year 6 million people are hospitalized because of a heart disease;
- The number 1 killer is a heart disease.
Although AEDs are not a universal panacea for all heart diseases, nothing else can compete to its major feature, that of actually re-starting the heart after it has been stopped by a sudden cardiac arrest. Under these circumstances is it necessary to ask you why anyone in this world, any family, in any home would hope for having such a device in their first aid locker?

If you feel this help, please drop by my website for additional information, such as Public Access Defibrillatio PAD or additional resources on AED manufacturers such as Philips defibrillators, Zoll AEDs or Cardiac Science AEDs.

Regards,

Michael

DrWes said...

Michael-

I noticed your referring URL is from Romania. I have no idea what drug rehab article you are speaking about, or how this relates to AED's. I realize this is an ADVERTISEMENT, but I guess it makes a point, so I won't delete it (you're welcome).
Here's some REAL DATA from the AHA's website on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest:
• 330,000 coronary heart disease deaths occur out-of-hospital or in hospital emergency
departments annually (2002) (ICD-10 codes I20-I25: CDC/NCHS data for 2002.)
• The annual incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in North America is ~0.55 per 1,000 population. With an estimated US population of 296,766,821, this implies that about 163,221 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually in the US. (ICD-10 codes I20-I25; Vaillancourt C, Stiell IG. Cardiac arrest care and emergency medical services in Canada. Can J Cardiol 2004;20:1081–90; Monthly Postcensal Resident Population (8/1/2005): U.S. Census data. http://www.census.gov/ accessed on Oct. 19, 2005; Myerburg RJ, Kessler KM, Castellanos A. Sudden cardiac death: epidemiology, transient risk, and intervention assessment. Ann Intern Med 1993; 15;119:1187-97.)


Dying of "heart disease" does not mean of dying of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (for which an AED might be helpful). Some people might not want to shell out big bucks for an AED for such a relatively uncommon occurrence.

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