Archive - Aug 9, 2011

Archive - Aug 9, 2011

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What we'll see in the years ahead.

For those of us who got comfortably used to seeing changes in resuscitation science every five years, the past few years have seemed fast-paced. But the rate of change is accelerating. It's time to fasten your seat belt.

Thanks to the pioneering work of the past few years, we are now beginning to accumulate solid data on what works and what doesn't.

Here's what I suspect lies ahead:

First, the age of five-year updates is behind us. I think we'll see changes in resuscitation science guidelines far more frequently than every five years.

Second, a dirty little secret has surfaced: most people don't do CPR well enough. I think we will see an increasing focus on the quality of the resuscitation effort: fewer and shorter interruptions in chest compressions, compressions more compliant with the two inches or more guideline, and shorter pauses between the cessation of chest compressions and the delivery of the shock.

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