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Heng KWJ, Fong MK, Wee FC, Anantharaman V
Correspondence: Dr Kenneth Heng, email@example.com
Survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrests are disappointing. Even though such arrests are often witnessed by a nurse, inadequate training may cause these first responders to have to wait for Advanced Cardiac Life Support trained personnel to arrive to perform defibrillation. The introduction of automated external defibrillator (AED) use by nurses was designed to address this problem, but studies have revealed that AED use is associated with a lower rate of survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest compared with no AED use. Interruption to cardiopulmonary resuscitation during the AED advisory mode is the likely reason for these unexpected results. Hence, courses like the Life Support Course for Nurses, which trains nurses to recognise collapse rhythms and to institute manual defibrillation, are extremely important. Barriers to the practice of advanced life support by nurses and recommendations for the prevention and management of in-hospital cardiac arrest are discussed.
Keywords: in-hospital cardiac arrest, Life Support Course for Nurses, life support instructors, nurse defribrillation, resuscitation officers
Singapore Med J 2011; 52(8): 611-615