Shorter Pause in CPR Before Defibrillator Use Improves Cardiac Arrest Survival

A shorter pause in CPR just before a defibrillator delivered an electric shock to a cardiac arrest victim’s heart significantly increased survival, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers found the odds of surviving until hospital discharge were significantly lower for patients whose rescuers paused CPR for 20 seconds or more before delivering a shock (the pre-shock pause), and for patients whose rescuers paused CPR before and after defibrillation (the peri-shock pause) for 40 seconds or more, compared to patients with a pre-shock pause of less than 10 seconds and a peri-shock pause of less than 20 seconds.

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I am a nursing educator and AHA Certified Instructor and I specialize in providing AHA Certification classes in ACLS, BLS, and PALS to healthcare professionals and students. I am also a certified six-sigma green belt (CSSGB).
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