Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
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.
Rottenberg EM. Quality of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. JAMA. 2005;293(17):2090-2091. doi:10.1001/jama.293.17.2090-a