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April 14, 2011

Study: 2 new devices could 'revolutionize' CPR

By Shari Rudavsky
The Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS —The statistics for surviving sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital are dismal: Fewer than 10 percent make it.

But a recent study suggests that two new devices used together while performing CPR on a cardiac arrest victim can have a dramatic effect on survival rates.

Patients treated with the devices, one of which is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration had a 53 percent better chance of survival than those who underwent standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They also suffered less brain damage.

Full Story: Devices will 'revolutionize' CPR