Striking Cambridge Results With New CPR

By the way, that new, simpler, hands-only CPR we wrote about this morning here? According to preliminary results from the last few months, it's roughly doubled cardiac arrest survival rates in Cambridge.

This from Cambridge EMS:

Cambridge EMS has seen survival rates of patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest more than double since implementing Compression-only CPR this year. The City’s results reflect the positive results reported today in a study published in The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

Cambridge EMS, which consists of the Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Emergency Communications Department and Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS), is one of only a handful of EMS systems in Massachusetts to be doing Compression-only CPR (CCR).

“The use of Compression-only CPR has made a tremendous difference in Cambridge, allowing us to greatly improve the quality of patient care in our City and save more lives,” said Pro EMS Chief Executive Bill Mergendahl.

This program aired on October 6, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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