01 Sep '11, 12am

Prolonging CPR on cardiac arrest patients won't increase their chances of survival: Study

Prolonging CPR on cardiac arrest patients won't increase their chances of survival: Study

Increasing the time spent administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to cardiac arrest patients won't increase their chances of survival. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG WASHINGTON (AFP) - Increasing the time spent administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to cardiac arrest patients won't increase their chances of survival, researchers said on Wednesday, putting to rest one of the raging debates in emergency medicine. 'Our study definitively shows that there is no advantage to a longer period of initial CPR,' said Dr Ian Stiell, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), one of the entities leading the study. Paramedics and firefighters traditionally have provided only brief CPR while readying a defibrillator to jolt the heart into restarting. But some experts over the years have said that a longer period of initial CPR - for up to three...

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