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Automated external defibrillator skills among lay people in the region of Koroska: a pilot study


1,Ravne na Koroškem Health Centre

2,Department of Family Medicine Maribor and Ljubljana Medical School

DOI: 10.22514/SV91.042014.8 Vol.9,Issue 1,April 2014 pp.47-49

Published: 30 April 2014

*Corresponding Author(s): ZALIKA KLEMENC-KETIS E-mail:


Background. In the region of Koroška, there are more and more public spaces equipped with automated external defibri-llators which can be used by a witnessed bystander. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the skills required for using automated external defibrillators. 

Methods. This was a cross-sectional survey conducted in two family medicine practices. We included volunteers who visited their family doctor during a period of four days. Skills were assessed in a virtual setting using a plastic manikin. 

Results. There were 107 participants in the sample, 60.0% were women. Average age of the sample was 47.6±16.8 years. In the practical part (skills testing), the participants earned 2.7 points from a total of 5 points. Younger participants and those who attended a course in basic life support, in the past 10 years, had a significantly higher score.  

Conclusion. Lay people need more education regarding skills for using automated external defibrillators. 


automated external defi-brillator, basic life support, lay people, survival, cardiac arrest

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VESNA STROPNIK,ZALIKA KLEMENC-KETIS. Automated external defibrillator skills among lay people in the region of Koroska: a pilot study. Signa Vitae. 2014. 9(1);47-49.


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