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The Truth about CPR

What science reveals about CPR in the field & how you can maximize resuscitation outcomes

This supplement, sponsored by Physio-Control Inc., was developed to help you understand what factors contribute to “quality” CPR and how mechanical chest-compression devices can help you get to and maintain this goal.

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17 Hurt When Maryland Buses Collide

Two buses collide injuring over a dozen passengers.

Pump for the Pump

There’s significant evidence that manual CPR isn’t effective in a moving ambulance. It’s time for EMS agencies to pay attention to the data on effective CPR and the efficacy of mechanical CPR to improve resuscitation outcomes.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

Ineffective Techniques

The importance of chest compressions as the cornerstone of resuscitation has been confirmed by research and put into protocols, but the most elaborate and eloquent protocols are useless if the actual circulation needed from adequate compressions is lacking.

J. Brent Myers, MD

A Hands-On Approach

Studies show that the first minute of CPR with ventilations, even an ideally performed effort results in only 30 chest compression. Is this affecting our survival rates?

Karl B. Kern, MD | Kioumars Mostafizi, MD

Through the Years

Just 5–15% of patients treated with standard CPR survive cardiac arrest, showing a need for improved technique. Mechanical CPR devices have evolved, and they might just be the ticket to consistently improved CPR.

Henry Halperin, MD, MA, FAHA


Source: Steen S, Liao Q, Pierre L, et al

Assess Your Adequacy

In addition to providing effective and continuous CPR, automated CPR devices also are equipped with such tools as capnography to help providers determine accuracy.

Patricia A. Brandt, RN, BSN, MHR


Photo courtesy Physio Control Inc.

Improved CPR

Cardiac arrest patients who receive high-quality CPR have better outcomes. Learn more about how to create a successful CPR QI program.

Michael Levy, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACP


Case Reports

Read about three case studies of three patients who survived sudden cardiac arrest after prolonged resuscitation.

Charles Lick, MD | Paul Satterlee, MD


Options to Ensure Effective Compressions

The importance of chest compressions as the cornerstone of resuscitation has been confirmed by research and put into protocols, but the most elaborate and eloquent protocols are useless if the actual circulation needed from adequate compressions is lacking.

J. Brent Myers, MD


Measuring Quality

Find out know how your agency's CPR compliance compares with that of other systems.

Michael Levy, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACP


Similarities & Differences in Three Case Reports

Most reports of successful outcomes in cardiac arrest patients with prolonged CPR involve unique circumstances. Three that happened in a Minnesota system in one year didn't. Read about the similarities and differences in these three cases.

Charles Lick, MD | Paul Satterlee, MD


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