Compressions and defib work best in CPR

People are more likely to survive a cardiac arrest if they receive compression-only CPR plus defibrillation, without any mouth-to-mouth, a large study finds.

Forty six per cent of patients survived to one month after an out-of-hospital arrest - 41% with a good neurological outcome - after receiving chest compression-only CPR coupled with automated external defibrillation.

This compared to 40% and 33%, respectively, of patients who received conventional CPR, including rescue breathing, plus defibrillation.

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