Sorry couldn't figure out how to include the link to this, but found it while surfing yahoo. Something to think about anyway.
Well-Meaning Paramedics May Kill with CPR -Study
Mon Apr 5, 5:54 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Well-meaning paramedics may be losing heart patients by trying to resuscitate them too vigorously, researchers reported on Monday.
They found that some ambulance crews giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, were giving more than the American Heart Association (news - web sites)'s recommendation of 12 to 15 breaths per minute.
This may well mean they are doing little good, the researchers report in Tuesday's issue of the journal Circulation.
"The overall survival rate in the United States from cardiac arrest is about 5 percent," said Dr. Tom Aufderheide, a professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, who led the study.
"Excessive ventilation may be contributing to that poor outcome."
His team studied 13 cardiac arrest victims. For the first seven patients, the average maximum ventilation rate was 37 breaths a minute -- much, much more than recommended.
Even after retraining, the paramedics still gave 22 breaths a minute to the next six patients.
One solution might be to use a system that flashes a light every five seconds to let a rescuer know when to deliver another breath of oxygen, Aufderheide said.
During CPR, the chest is compressed, raising pressure and forcing blood out of the heart and into the rest of the body. When the pressure is released the chest expands, which creates a slight vacuum inside.
The body needs this vacuum for blood in the veins to return to the heart most efficiently, said the American Heart Association, which publishes Circulation. Without it, not as much blood returns to the heart.
"The decreased return of blood to the heart reduces the blood going out of the heart, and that may decrease the effectiveness of CPR," Aufderheide said.
"Medical directors of all systems -- all professional rescuers, including EMTs (emergency medical technicians), nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and anyone else who would do CPR as part of their profession -- need to get this message: Do not hyperventilate," he said.
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