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Editorial
July 27, 2009

In a HeartbeatDecreasing In-Hospital Time to Defibrillation

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(14):1260-1261. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.178

Early defibrillation is the definitive treatment for pulseless ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. In the early 1990s, the American Heart Association identified early defibrillation as the single most important predictor of survival in patients who experience cardiac arrest.1 Each minute delay between onset of cardiac arrest and defibrillation is associated with a 7% to 10% lower likelihood of survival.1

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