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May 4, 2005

Quality of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(17):2090-2091. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2090-a

To the Editor: Dr Wik and colleagues1 studied the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by using a monitor/defibrillator equipped with sensors that measure and record CPR performance variables. They concluded that chest compressions performed by ambulance personnel in their study are often too shallow and that overall CPR performance did not meet current published guidelines.2,3 The study suggests that CPR quality and patient survival may be improved by using resuscitation aids that give rescuers feedback to deliver chest compressions of correct depth and rate with minimal interruptions.

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