Lilly Fowler

Lilly Fowler is assistant editor at FairWarning.

Bad Shock: Automated Devices for Jolting Hearts May Save Fewer Lives in Hospitals FairWarining Investigates

Bad Shock: Automated Devices for Jolting Hearts May Save Fewer Lives in Hospitals

Just over a decade ago, hospitals began spending millions of dollars to buy automated defibrillators to save the lives of more patients who go into sudden cardiac arrest. The purchases were spurred by a recommendation from an American Heart Association committee. But today the costly equipment switchover increasingly seems to have been a mistake. By one estimate, the shortcomings of the automated equipment mean that close to 1,000 more hospital cardiac arrest patients die every year in the U.S.