Chest compressions as good as defibrillator?

September 9, 2010

A new study from the University of Michigan Health System says chest compressions before defibrillation is as good as using defibrillator immediately on the patient.

The research also finds chest compressions seemed to have a better outcome when used before defibrillation if there is a long wait for emergency responders to arrive.

Researchers are excited about the study because they say there is an urgent need to figure out the best way to save those whose hearts stop suddenly.

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