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Analysis of Bystander CPR Quality During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Using Data Derived from Automated External Defibrillators
Fernando SM, Vaillancourt C, Morrow S, Stiell IG

This month we discussed a study that examines the quality of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provided during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Bystander CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use have been associated with better overall survival rates and neurological outcomes, but few studies have examined the quality of CPR provided by bystanders.

Research on this topic has been limited due to the difficulty of collecting bystander CPR quality data. However, technology is now making this easier to do. The authors of this study utilized CPR quality data derived from AEDs. The data was collected by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) cardiac arrest database–a network of clinical and satellite centers that collaborate to facilitate clinical trials and other outcomes-based cardiopulmonary arrest and severe traumatic injury research.

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