Cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be extended to more than 35 minutes for children, study showsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f458 (Published 22 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f458
- Susan Mayor
Extending cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for longer than previously recommended—to more than 35 minutes—is associated with higher rates of survival than expected without impairing neurological function, says a large study1 in children that follows similar findings in a recent study2 in adults.
The study analysed data from the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Resuscitation programme (GWTG-R), a prospective multicentre registry that collects information on in-hospital cardiac arrest. Researchers examined hospital records for 3419 children (mean age 4.9 years) undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation after cardiac arrest in 328 US and Canadian hospitals between 2000 and 2009.