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June 8, 2005

Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2713-2714. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2713-a

To the Editor: In their Editorial,1 Drs Sanders and Ewy raise important questions about the scientific consensus process used by the American Heart Association (AHA) and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in determining guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We agree that actual resuscitation performance in and out of the hospital is often suboptimal24 and that more real-world resuscitation research is needed to guide recommendations. We also agree that improving the likelihood of bystander response and quality of CPR are essential to improve outcomes.

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