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Mechanical vs. Manual CPR

This is an important and well done study that again could not find any improvement with outcomes with the use of a mechanical chest compression device. This is a multicenter randomized clinical trial of 2589 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest that compared outcomes between the LUCAS device and conventional CPR.

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AED use on commercial flights

In-flight automated external defibrillator use and consultation patterns. AM Brown, et al.  Prehosp Emerg Care, 2010. This 2010 article speaks to the issue of in-flight emergencies on commercial aircrafts, but also raises two broader themes:   AED use and availability in

EMS Complications with STEMI

Among those patients who were diagnosed at home and transported to the hospital, 27% of these patients developed a significant adverse clinical event. The most common events were sinus bradycardia (57 out of 342), hypotension (52 out of 342), or cardiac arrest (13 out of 342).

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Family Presence During CPR

This is the first study to ever methodically examine of the effect of our actions on the families of cardiac arrest victims. This is a prospective cluster-randomized control study that wanted to see if actively encouraging the family to be present for the resuscitation of their loved one would be helpful to reduce symptoms of PTSD and depression at 90 days.

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This study looks at the locations of 600 or so cardiac arrest cases that occurred in public. The top 5 locations categories by annual out of hospital cardiac arrests per site. They calculated the number of sites required to Yield 1 OHCA per year.

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