Financial Disclosures: Mr Myklebust is an employee
of Laerdal Medical Corporation, which developed the monitor/defibrillator.
Dr Becker has received grant/research support from Philips Medical Systems,
Laerdal Medical Corp, and Alsius Corp, and has served as a consultant for
Abbott Laboratories and Philips Medical Systems.
Author Contributions: Dr Becker had full access
to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity
of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Abella, Myklebust,
Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Acquisition of data: Abella, Alvarado, Myklebust,
Barry, O’Hearn, Becker.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Abella,
Myklebust, Edelson, Barry, O’Hearn, Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Drafting of the manuscript: Abella, Barry,
O’Hearn, Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important
intellectual content: Abella, Alvarado, Myklebust, Edelson, Vanden
Obtained funding: Abella, Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Administrative, technical, or material support:
Alvarado, Myklebust, Edelson, Barry, O’Hearn, Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Study supervision: Abella, Vanden Hoek, Becker.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by
a grant from the Laerdal Medical Corporation, Stavanger, Norway.
Role of the Sponsor: One of the authors, Mr
Myklebust, is employed at Laerdal Medical Corporation and was involved in
study conception and design; however, Laerdal Medical Corporation had no role
in data collection, interpretation of results, or drafting of the manuscript.
Acknowledgment: We thank Raina Merchant, MD,
David Beiser, MD, and Kuang-Ning Huang, for constructive discussions during
our study; Lynne Harnish, for expert administrative assistance; and Ted Karrison,
PhD, for assistance with statistical analysis. We also thank our European
collaborators, Petter Andreas Steen, MD, PhD, Lars Wik, MD, PhD, Fritz Sterz,
MD, and Jo Kramer-Johansen, MD, for important input during the planning and
execution of our study.