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—I thank Dr Lerman for sharing this interesting report of the Biomotor, an early device that alternately applied pressure and suction to the torso to ventilate the lungs and circulate blood.How the FDA handles the particular case of active compression-decompression CPR is really a secondary issue. More important is the general need for researchers, regulators, ethicists, and the concerned public to develop workable mechanisms by which resuscitation research can proceed while patients' rights and safety are protected.
Olson CM. Compression-Decompression CPR: The Biomotor-Reply. JAMA. 1994;272(19):1477. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520190019006