Lay rescuer automated external defibrillator programs for children and adolescents

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2004 Oct;51(5):1463-78. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2004.04.009.


This article summarizes the controversies regarding the establishment of lay rescuer automated external defibrillator (AED) programs in schools. It describes the elements of one successful program and provides recommendations for critical elements of AED programs in schools, using the recommendations that were described by the American Heart Association statement and experience gained in the establishment of AED programs in high schools in Wisconsin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / complications
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / therapy*
  • Child
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / epidemiology
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Electric Countershock* / economics
  • Electric Countershock* / statistics & numerical data
  • Emergency Treatment* / methods
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal
  • Public Health
  • Schools
  • Sports
  • Wisconsin / epidemiology