The Truth about CPR
What science reveals about CPR in the field & how you can maximize resuscitation outcomesThis 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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Pump for the PumpThere’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.
Ineffective TechniquesThe 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.
A Hands-On ApproachStudies 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?
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.
In addition to providing effective and continuous CPR, automated CPR devices also are equipped with such tools as capnography to help providers determine accuracy.
Cardiac arrest patients who receive high-quality CPR have better outcomes. Learn more about how to create a successful CPR QI program.
Read about three case studies of three patients who survived sudden cardiac arrest after prolonged resuscitation.
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.
Find out know how your agency's CPR compliance compares with that of other systems.
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.
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