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Table 1 Clinical outcome depending on underlying rhythm disturbance and type of resuscitation

From: A first city-wide early defibrillation project in a German city: 5-year results of the Bochum against sudden cardiac arrest study

Initial rhythm Last rhythm documented by AED CPR performed Clinical course Time (sec.) Switch-on to shock delivery
VF VF sVT 3 cycles discharged from hospital 93
  VF SR - discharged from hospital 59
  VF VF (low-amplitude) 1 cycle death in hospital 190
  VF VF 2 cycle death in hospital 83
  VF (low-amplitude) asystole - exitus letalis 49
  VF (low-amplitude) asystole - exitus letalis 39
  VF asystole 1 cycle exitus letalis 149
non-malignant dysrhythmia SR (bradycardia) SR - discharged from hospital No shock recommended
  SR SR 1 cycle discharged from hospital No shock recommended
  AV junctional escape rhythm idem - discharged from hospital No shock recommended
  AV junctional escape rhythm idem - discharged from hospital No shock recommended
asystole asystole asystole 3 cycle exitus letalis No shock recommended