February 2005, Volume 35 Number 2 , p 34 - 35
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2) February 2005 p 34–35 Defibrillators nowavailable OTC [Clinical Rounds: NEWS, UPDATES, RESEARCH: PATIENT TEACHING]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently cleared for sale an automated external defibrillator that patients can buy over the counter (OTC). Advise patients that the device, called the HeartStart Home Defibrillator, is appropriate only for people in cardiac arrest who are unresponsive, not breathing, and pulseless. Not intended for use by laypeople on young children, the device is appropriate for adults or children who are at least 8 years old or who weigh at least 55 pounds (25 kg). Small pads for young children and infants are available with a prescription.
The device comes with a training video, which instructs a lay rescuer to call 911 before applying defibrillator pads to the patient's ...