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Intentions to use an automated external defibrillator during a cardiac emergency among a group of seniors trained in its operation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11805746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: By decreasing the time to defibrillation, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) provide an opportunity for lay people to improve survival in out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. We examined how beliefs, expectations, and actual performance are related to intentions to use an AED during a future heart emergency among a group of seniors. DESIGN AND OUTCOME MEASURES: One hundred fifty-nine seniors who had been previously trained in the operation of an AED were tested on their AED skills and asked about their perceptions regarding their AED skills; their expectations that an AED would save the life of a cardiac arrest victim; and their intentions to use an AED during a future cardiac event. RESULTS: Logistic regression analyses showed that greater self-perceived ability to use an AED better actual performance on skills assessment but not expectations regarding the efficacy of AED treatment were independently associated with positive intentions to use an AED in a future heart emergency. CONCLUSIONS: The likelihood that an elderly lay bystander will actually use an AED during a cardiac event may be closely tied to perceptions of his or her ability to operate an AED.
Hendrika W Meischke; Thomas D Rea; Mickey S Eisenberg; Sharon M Rowe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart & lung : the journal of critical care     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0147-9563     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Lung     Publication Date:    2002 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-23     Completed Date:  2002-03-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330057     Medline TA:  Heart Lung     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Electric Countershock / psychology*,  utilization*
Emergency Medical Services / methods
Heart Arrest / therapy*
Logistic Models
Motor Skills
Multivariate Analysis

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