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New method for CPR Boosts Heart Attack / Cardiac Arrest Survival

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 12th, 2008

Rather than immediately defibrillating a cardiac arrest victim, a new method of CPR calls for emergency teams to give 200 chest compressions first, improving the odds the heart will restart. A study done by Dr. Bentley Bobrow, medical director for emergency services for the state of Arizona and a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, looked at the use of minimally interrupted cardiac resuscitation, also known as cardiocerebral resuscitation.

After training emergency workers in two Arizona fire departments in the new CPR method, Bobrow's team studied the survival rate of 886 patients with cardiac arrest between 2005 and 2007. The study found that the survival rate increased, with 5.4 percent of people living long enough to be discharged from the hospital when the new protocol was used compared to just 1.8 percent before the training.