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Barriers Hinder EMS Workers From Using Best Resuscitation Practices
Date:6/30/2009

than 8 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive to hospital discharge.

While participants provided key insights into barriers to implementing national guidelines, researchers said a larger study may discover additional detail and variation.

Co-authors are: Jane Forman, Sc.D., M.H.S.; David Krass, B.A.; Michelle Macy, M.D., M.S.; Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.; and Bryan F. McNally, M.D., M.P.H. Individual author disclosures are available on the manuscript.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program funded the study.

Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the association's policy or position. The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations are available at www.americanheart.org/corporatefunding.

Additional information from Dr. Sasson:

Until policy changes are made, you can take steps to help loved ones get the most appropriate care:

  • Recognize if someone is in cardiac arrest and promptly call 9-1-1, doing CPR until help arrives.
  • Don't ask for immediate transfer to the hospital. Allow paramedics to spend all the time they need for a thorough resuscitation effort.
  • Make sure patients wear their Do Not Resuscitate (
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