The primacy of basics in advanced life support.

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The primacy of basics in advanced life support.

Curr Opin Crit Care. 2009 Jun;15(3):198-202

Authors: Chamberlain D, Frenneaux M, Fletcher D

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The standards required for optimal effect of chest compressions and the degree to which most practice falls short of ideal have not been widely appreciated. This review highlights some of the important data now available and offers a haemodynamic explanation that broadens current concepts. RECENT FINDINGS: New techniques have permitted a detailed examination of how compressions are performed in practice. The implications of recent experimental work adds a new imperative to the need for improvement. SUMMARY: In addition to highlighting the need for improved training and audit, the greater understanding of mechanisms in resuscitation suggest that guidelines for management of adult cardiac arrest of presumed cardiac origin need further revision and simplification.

PMID: 19454888 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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