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ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies
Date:11/7/2008

More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Ninety percent of U.S. emergency physicians believe that resuscitation practices aren't very effective and support a number of strategies designed to improve resuscitation for people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest, according to a survey released Friday by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Of the 1,056 who responded to the State of Resuscitation survey, 88 percent said bystander CPR intervention is an important factor in boosting survival, along with getting patients to doctors more quickly (77 percent), better data collection and sharing (73 percent), automated technologies (66 percent), and real-time feedback on chest compressions (65 percent).

The survey also found that more than half the respondents believe that poor survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are related to the aging population, and about 25 percent of respondents believe obesity is the most important factor in low survival rates. About 30 percent said CPR feedback devices would have the greatest impact on improving the quality of CPR.

"While we've made significant advances to improve resuscitation efforts, more needs to be done. The State of Resuscitation survey offers valuable insights on how we can build upon already existing practices, including increasing public involvement and implementing technology to help save more lives," ACEP President Dr. Nick Jouriles said in a news release from the organization.

"The results clearly show that it is necessary for communities to encourage more CPR training, offer more access to a broader range of critical lifesaving technologies, and report sudden cardiac arrest cases more consistently," Jouriles said.

"The optimal treatment of patients who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest requires a well-coordinated system of community member
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