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Sunday, February 7, 2016

CPR – Man or Machine?

The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine
The Skeptic´s Guide in EM - November 13th, 2015 - Guest Skeptic: Dr. Salim Rezaie
"Clinical Question: Are mechanical chest compression devices superior to manual chest compression when used during resuscitation from OHCA?
Reference: Gates S et al. Mechanical Chest Compression for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Resuscitation 2015
Key Results: Five randomized trials were included in the analysis with over 10,000 patients.
No superiority with mechanical chest compression devices
SGEM Bottom Line: Mechanical chest compression devices do not appear superior to manual chest compression for out of hospital cardiac arrest."