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An evaluation of the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Demonstration

3.5 Cost benefits

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3.5.1 Findings from the 2004 review
3.5.2 Update: evidence published since 2004

3.5.1 Findings from the 2004 review

The 2004 review identified few studies that examined the cost effectiveness or cost benefits of PAD programs. An American study that was included in the Jacobs review concluded that PAD programs may be 'economically attractive' despite the fact that they are more expensive than traditional EMS response mechanisms. No Australian data was available at the time of the review.

The review concluded:

PAD would appear to be potentially a cost effective intervention however no formal cost benefit analysis has been undertaken in Australia (Jacobs 2004, P.23).

3.5.2 Update: evidence published since 2004

No studies regarding the cost benefits of PAD or AED that were published since 2004 could be identified for this updated review.

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