Essay about Treatment Of A Cardiac Arrest

2050 Words Oct 5th, 2016 9 Pages
What if the way a person received medical treatment was the reason they died? Well, studies suggest that the methods used by first responders when treating a cardiac arrest may be the reason the patient died. When treating a cardiac arrest there are two methods of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), standard CPR and compression-only CPR. Multiple studies have been done to test whether one method is more effective than the latter. As explained by research compression-only CPR is more effective in patient survival, and neurologic function than standard CPR.
Nichol et al. (2015, p. 2204) stated that “cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) consists of manual chest compressions to maintain blood flow and positive-pressure ventilation to maintain oxygenation until spontaneous circulation is restored.” Cardiac arrests may occur outside of the hospital, where first responders and emergency medical technicians (EMT) respond and treat the cardiac arrest by administering rescue breathing and CPR. Though the methods used by EMT’s and first responders might not be as effective as administering “asynchronous positive-pressure ventilation while not pausing for ventilations” (Nichol et al., 2015, p. 2204). Continuous compressions are linked to higher survival rates as well as higher neurologic function. A study that took place from June 6, 2011 until May 28, 2015 resulted in the determination that continuous chest compressions during CPR was associated with high neurologic function as well…

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