Expanding the first link in the chain of survival – Experiences from dispatcher referral of callers to AED locations
2016 (English)In: Resuscitation, ISSN 0300-9572, E-ISSN 1873-1570, Vol. 107, 129-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduction Early use of automated external defibrillators (AED) increases survival in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Dispatchers play important roles in identifying OHCA, dispatching ambulances and providing callers with telephone-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Guidelines recommend that AED registries be linked to dispatch centres as tools to refer callers to nearby AED. Aim The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent dispatchers, when provided with a tool to display AED locations and accessibility, referred callers to nearby AED. Methods An application providing real-time visualization of AED locations and accessibility was implemented at four dispatch centres in Sweden. Dispatchers were instructed to refer callers to nearby AED when OHCA was suspected. Such cases were prospectively collected, and geographic information systems were used to identify those located ≤100 m from an AED. Audio recordings of emergency calls were assessed to evaluate the AED referral rate. Results Between February and August 2014, 3009 suspected OHCA calls were received. In 6.6% of those calls (200/3009), an AED was ≤100 m from the suspected OHCA. The AED was accessible and the caller was not alone on scene in 24% (47/200) of these cases. In two of those 47 cases (4.3%), the dispatcher referred the caller to the AED. Conclusion Despite a tool for dispatchers to refer callers to a nearby AED, referral was rare. Only a minority of the suspected OHCA cases occurred ≤100 m from an AED. We identified AED accessibility and callers being alone on scene as obstacles for AED referral.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 107, 129-134 p.
AED, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Defibrillation, Dispatch centre, Dispatcher, Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Other Medical Sciences Transport Systems and Logistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195297DOI: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.06.022ISI: 000388877300035PubMedID: 27393179ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988585415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-195297DiVA: diva2:1045813
FunderSwedish Heart Lung Foundation
QC 201701022016-11-102016-11-022017-01-02Bibliographically approved