Chest compression-only CPR Is it the better choice?

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The literature related to the rationale of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) including chest compressions combined with ventilations or compression-only CPR without ventilations is reviewed. The conclusion is that the evidence in favor of compression-only CPR is of limited level of evidence and does not convincingly support the superiority of compressions without ventilations, nor does it prove its non-inferiority. Theoretical and practical considerations favor continued education in the combined application of chest compressions and ventilations with a compression:ventilation ratio of 30:2. Compression-only CPR should be recommended only if the rescuer is not willing or able to deliver mouth-to-mouth ventilation or when CPR is instructed by the dispatcher to untrained rescuers by telephone. For all other circumstances, trained rescuers should combine chest compressions with ventilations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-485
JournalNotfall & Rettungsmedizin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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