Study examines effect of delayed defibrillation for CPR
Some EMTs now delay defibrillation to allow for a short period of CPR based on '05 recommendations
Reuters Health Medical News
SYDNEY — It doesn't matter whether or not EMTs do a few minutes' CPR before defibrillation of cardiac-arrest patients, researchers conclude in a meta-analysis that challenge international guidelines.
"The summary estimate of effect from this meta-analysis demonstrated not only a statistically non-significant result, but also a clinically nonsignificant result," Paul M. Simpson of the Ambulance Research Institute in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues noted online May 19 in Resuscitation.