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Reality of out of hospital cardiac arrest
  1. M F O’Rourke
  1. Correspondence to:
    Michael F O’Rourke MD
    DSc, St Vincent’s Clinic, 438 Victoria Street, NSW 2010, Australia;


The high mortality rates associated with out of hospital cardiac arrest, particularly those occurring in the home, stress the need for early treatment in the form of publicly accessible external defibrillators

  • CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • DOH, UK Department of Health
  • VF, ventricular fibrillation
  • ventricular fibrillation
  • cardiac arrest
  • heart attack
  • public access defibrillation

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  • Published Online First 27 May 2005

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