Early defibrillation by EMTs: the Brussels experience.

  title={Early defibrillation by EMTs: the Brussels experience.},
  author={Pierre Mols and E Beaucarne and J Bruyninx and Joann Labruyere and L De Myttenaere and N. Naeije and G Watteeuw and D. Verset and Julien Flamand},
  volume={27 2},
Considering that in Brussels the first-aid ambulance team reaches the patient in cardiac arrest 10 min before the physician-manned ambulance, we instituted a feasibility study of early defibrillation by emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Three hundred EMTs received a 20-h automatic external defibrillation (AED) training course followed by a refresher course every 6 months. Of 316 cardiac arrests included in this study, asystole was encountered in 53% and ventricular fibrillation/ventricular… CONTINUE READING