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Automated External-defibrillation -Guidelines
The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation
of early defibrillation.
Automated external defibrillators must be totally reliable, simple to
operate, of low weight, require little routine maintenance and be
competitively priced.
Monophasic defibrillators should deliver energy in accordance with
current advanced life support algorithms (200, 200, 360 joules).
All emergency ambulances in the United Kingdom are equipped with a
defibrillator .
In the hospital setting it is recommended that an AED should be placed,
wherever possible, on general medical and surgical wards and in other
clinical areas so that should a cardiac arrest occur the patient can be
defibrillated promptly prior to the arrival of the hospital resuscitation team
It is unacceptable for patients who suffer cardiac arrest to await the
arrival of the cardiac arrest team before a defibrillator is available.