Nov 14, 2007

Improved neurological outcome with continuous chest compressions compared with 30:2 compressions-to-ventilations cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a realistic swine model of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Gordon A EwyKarl B Kern


The 2005 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care changed the previous ventilations-to-chest-compression algorithm for bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from 2 ventilations before each 15 chest compressions (2:15 CPR) to 30 chest compressions before 2 ventilations (30:2 CPR). It was acknowledged in the guidelines that the change was based on a consensus rather than clear evidence. This study was designed to compare 24-hour neurologically normal survival between the initial applications of continuous chest compressions without assisted ventilations with 30:2 CPR in a swine model of witnessed out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest. Sixty-four animals underwent 12 minutes of ventricular fibrillation before defibrillation attempts. They were divided into 4 groups, each with increasing durations (3, 4, 5, and 6 minutes, respectively) of untreated ventricular fibrillation before the initiation of bystander resuscitation consisting of either continuous chest compression or 30:2 CPR. After the various untreated ventricular durations plus bystander resuscitation durations, all animals were given the first defibrillation attempt 12 minutes after the induction of ventricul...Continue Reading

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Ventricular Fibrillation
Transcription Initiation
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Anterior Thoracic Region
Best Practices
Heart Ventricle
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