Head on over to Emcrit to read Rory Spiegel’s take on mechanical CPR. I’m fairly sure Rory has been reading the sporadic ranting of a certain paramedic on this topic, hence his brilliant, insightful work. I’ll let him have his moment though
The key to mCPR being useful is selecting the right patient who can benefit from other therapies (and being good at applying it). Some patients should not be resuscitated; some patients should; and some, who fail an initial trial of human CPR (hCPR), should be considered for mCPR as a bridge to further treatment. Routine use of mCPR in the place of hCPR has routinely proven useless.
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