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More Evidence That Compression-Only CPR Works Best
Date:10/15/2010

n survival was 2.4 percent, which means that one life would be saved for every 41 patients who received chest-compression-only CPR.

"Our findings support the idea that emergency medical services dispatch should instruct bystanders to focus on chest-compression-only CPR in adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest," the researchers concluded.

The new findings echo those of recent studies. For example, in September a team from the University of Michigan reported that patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting fare just as well when treated with chest compressions before being treated with an electrical defibrillator as they do when getting immediate defibrillation. That study appeared in the journal BMC Medicine.

And in July, two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine each found that chest compression alone was equal to compressions plus mouth-to-mouth when it came to helping people experiencing a heart attack.

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The American Heart Association explains how to perform hands-only CPR.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: The Lancet, news release, Oct. 14, 2010; Tamara R. Kuittinen, M.D., director, medical education, department of emergency medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City


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