medical personnel often don't follow several guidelines
chicago - cpr is often performed inadequately by doctors, paramedics and nurses, according to two studies of resuscitation efforts during cardiac arrest.
whether a stricken patient is in the hospital or on the way, the guidelines for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation frequently are not followed.
among common problems: rescuers did not push hard enough or often enough on the victim's chest to restart the heart, and breathed air into the lungs too often - either mouth-to-mouth or through breathing tubes.
both studies used an experimental monitor that assesses cpr quality, and both received funding from laerdal medical corp., a norwegian company that helped developed the device.
the studies appear in today's journal of the american medical association.
Jan 20, '05
i just updated the original post with a link to the jama abstract, here it is as well:
link to abstract from jama:
Last edit by brian on Jan 20, '05
Jan 24, '05
I don't take offense to these studies? Yes, these articles may come out every few years, and yes, maybe CPR isn't much better than doing anything at all.... but, if people can improve their technique, and possible provide a better compressions etc... through some studies that might evoke better education or more effective treatments, devices etc... just my
If we didn't study things like this or any other practices, we wouldn't have reason to ever improve anything? Research is not always our enemy.
Last edit by brian on Jan 24, '05