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Letters CPR in cardiac arrest

The importance of prompt CPR in cardiac arrest

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 25 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4204
  1. Daniel M Sado, specialist registrar in cardiology1,
  2. James Moon, reader in cardiology1,
  3. Simon Woldman, consultant in cardiology1
  1. 1The Heart Hospital, London W1G 8PH, UK
  1. simon.woldman{at}

European public interest has recently focused on cardiac arrest in the overtly healthy, after a succession of events in high profile sporting arenas.

Currently in Europe, around 10% of people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest, with the most important determinant of success being the presence of a trained lay rescuer who is “ready, willing, and able to act.”1

Herein lies a problem; …

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