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Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Emergency Medical Services, Paramedic, EMT-P,

R Kowalski, B M Thompson, L Horwitz, H Stueven, C Aprahamian, J C Darin
Prehospital bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was studied to determine if it affected the outcome of defibrillation. Four hundred twenty-one consecutive witnessed cardiopulmonary arrests presenting with the initial rhythm of coarse ventricular fibrillation treated by the Milwaukee County Paramedic System from January 1980 to June 1982 were analyzed. Pediatric, trauma, and poisoning patients and those receiving intravenous or endotracheal medications before defibrillation (58) were excluded. Immediate professional bystander CPR (physician, nurse, EMT) and citizen bystander CPR were compared to a control group receiving no bystander CPR until arrival of EMS personnel...
November 1984: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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