CPR before medical services arrive more than doubles survival after cardiac arrestBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3131 (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3131
- Susan Mayor
Giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation before emergency medical services arrive more than doubles the 30 day survival rate in people who have a cardiac arrest out of hospital, shows a Swedish study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.1
CPR is recommended by international guidelines as one of the most important early responses in people with a suspected cardiac arrest occurring out of hospital, in addition to calling for urgent medical help and defibrillation. But the value of bystander CPR has been debated because of a lack of clinical trial data to show that it is life saving.
Researchers analysed all …