University of Maryland School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine

UMEM Educational Pearls

Minimizing interruptions in chest compressions during CPR is critically important. As an example of the adverse consequences of interruptions, consider the following finding from Edelson (Resuscitation 2010): for every 10 seconds of hands-off time during cardiac arrest, the patient's chances of successful return of spontaneous circulation decreases by 50% due to reductions in cerebral perfusion.

Next time you are involved in a code, keep this in mind, and do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to minimize those interruptions in chest compressions.

 

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