Longer CPR 'could save more lives'

23 January 2013

Doctors who give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patients longer than normal could end up saving more lives, a new study has suggested.

Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia made the conclusion after examining the "impact of duration" of CPR in patients who have suffered cardiac arrest while in hospital.

Current thinking suggests that performing CPR in a hospital situation no longer becomes viable after 20 minutes, but the team behind these findings are of the opinion that this needs to be readdressed.

They believe that in instances where children and adults have suffered cardiac arrest, hospital staff performing CPR should endure for at least 25 minutes and even 35 minutes or longer.

"These findings about the duration of CPR are game-changing, and we hope these results will rapidly affect hospital practice," commented Robert A Berg, chief of critical care medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Taken together, the adult and pediatric results present a clear and hopeful message: persisting longer with CPR can offer better results than previously believed possible," concluded Berg.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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