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CPR before medical services arrive more than doubles survival after cardiac arrest

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3131
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

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 …

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