Flying AEDs are cost-effective

September 28, 2001

A Stanford University study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that placing AEDs on large and medium capacity passenger aircraft is cost-effective, although cost-effectiveness on small capacity aircraft is less certain. The authors found that the incremental costs of full AED deployment on commercial aircraft ranges from $35,300 to $94,700 per quality adjusted life year. They conclude that "widespread deployment of AEDs on commercial aircraft is cost-effective when compared with many other health or safety interventions that are generally acceptable."

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