Telephone CPR Guidance Improves Patient Survival

November 16, 2014 5:12 PM

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CHICAGO -- Passers-by guided by 911 dispatchers in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before first responders reach the scene helped improve survival of people suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers reported here.

Prior to training the 911 operators, 8.4% of patients who had out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were discharged alive from the hospital, but after training the 911 crew in how to guide bystanders, 11% of these patients were discharged from the hospital alive (P=0.005), said Bentley Bobrow, MD, medical ...

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