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March 17, 1989

In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

JAMA. 1989;261(11):1579. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420110053008

To the Editor.—  The article "In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" by Taffet et al1 in the October 14 issue of JAMA addresses the problem of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the Houston (Tex) Veterans Administration Medical Center. They report an in-hospital mortality after CPR of 71.4% for all patients older than age 70 years (55/77 CPR efforts) at 24 hours, with none discharged alive. They further report that for those patients younger than age 70 years, 61.5% (198/322) were dead within 24 hours and that 8.4% of all patients who received CPR were discharged alive.This article prompted us at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, NJ, to review our data in reference to CPR. For the 9 months of January through September 1988 we had a total of 247 patients who received CPR, with a total of 279 CPR efforts. Our population included males and females. The results of our computerized