Researchers: New CPR Method Increases Survival Rate

By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A five-year clinical trial led by the University of Minnesota Medical School researchers has led to a new method of CPR that improves long-term survival rates with good brain function by 50 percent.

The new technique goes beyond the standard “hands-only” method to include two devices that increase blood circulation.

Researchers found that the new device combination cause the heart and brain to receive nearly three times more blood flow during each compression-decompression cycle when compared to standard CPR.

Cardiologist Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos says the new method uses two devices that work together to get blood to the heart and brain more effectively.

The new method will be recommended as the new standard to the American Heart Association.

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  • Emlee

    For the article, tell us more about the “devices” and the fact that they’re not going to be available to the average person who may witness a cardiac arrest. They also won’t be standard equipment on rural ambulances for several years. Encourage people to keep taking CPR and AED classes — early EMS activation, immedeiate CPR and AED use are still going to be vital!

  • org

    And the two new devices would be…….

  • Beth

    And will these two devices be readily available for anyone anywhere to use at anytime when CPR may be needed? I can’t imagine these two devices will be something everyone and their uncle carries around as a just in case precaution.

  • John Arenz

    I guess we don’t need to know anything about the devices other than they work really, really well!

  • T.W. Hudgens

    I’m certain the :devices” will be revealed as soon as the “devices” have AMA approval.

  • Dr Yannopoulos

    The devices are the Inspiratory Impedance threshold device and the active compression decompression CPR device.

    It is correct those are not going to be available for bystanders.
    This is a paramedic/first responder targeted therapy.
    Like ACLS.

    The fundamental link to survival for lay people is
    1) call 911
    2) start immediate continuous chest compressions until paramedics arrive.
    3) if you have a defibrillator available and can use it go for it.

  • Willow

    And these devices would be available cheaply to the average person? Can the average person even get training on them?

    If not, why should we care?

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