The traditional arm-hand method for external heart compression has proved effective but still can lack force and result in complications when performed by weak or fatigued rescuers. Consequently, a leg-heel method was tested as an alternative. Using a cardiopulmonary resuscitation manikin as the victim, our pilot study showed that external heart compression can be administered effectively by a rescuer standing next to a victim in a supine position. The leg-heel method deserves to be tested to establish its place in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
(JAMA 239:2468-2469, 1978)
Bilfield LH, Regula GA. A New Technique for External Heart Compression. JAMA. 1978;239(23):2468–2469. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280500064023
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