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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Art Hsieh, MA, NRP teaches in Northern California at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. An EMS provider since 1982, Art has served as a line medic, supervisor 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 writer, author of "EMT Exam for Dummies," has presented at conferences nationwide and continues to provide direct patient care regularly. Art is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Contact Art at and connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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