Thursday, January 20, 2005

If you Don't Break Ribs you Aren't Doing it Right...
At least that is what I was told when taking BLS and ACLS. According to The New York Times some don't like the snap, crackle, and pop:
CPR Is Often Done Wrong, Studies Find:
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is often inadequately performed by doctors, paramedics and nurses, two studies of resuscitation efforts during cardiac arrest have found.

Two common problems are rescuers not pushing hard enough or frequently enough on the chest to restart the heart, and rescuers breathing air into the lungs too often, either mouth to mouth or through tubes.

In a study that involved 67 adults at the University of Chicago, doctors and nurses failed to follow at least one CPR guideline 80 percent of the time. Failure to follow several guidelines was common.

The other study involved 176 adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest treated by paramedics and nurse anesthetists in Akershus, Norway; London; and Stockholm. Chest compressions were done half the time, and most were too shallow.

Both studies used an experimental monitor that assesses CPR quality, and both received financing from Laerdal Medical, a Norwegian company that developed the monitor with Philips Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics of Amsterdam.

The studies appear in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

So I guess we need to push harder.
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