Aug. 25, 2000
UW coordinating national trial of public access defibrillation
The University of Washington is coordinating a two-year study in 24 cities in the United States and Canada to test the life-saving potential and cost effectiveness of public access defibrillation (PAD). The trial is under the direction of Al Hallstrom, professor of biostatistics in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
The study will measure the effectiveness of trained lay responders who treat sudden cardiac arrests using AEDs. The results will help communities across the country design public access defibrillation programs. The study chair is Joseph Ornato, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia.
The Unites States study sites are Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mission Viejo, Calif.; New York City, Newark, N.J.; Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Ore.; Richmond, Va.; Seattle, Palm Springs, Calif.; Riverside, Calif.; Stony Brook, N.Y.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Vancouver, Wash.; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City, and Detroit. The Canadian sites are Calgary and Edmonton, both in Alberta.
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