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.

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EMS1 Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at

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