What is the efficacy of mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) devices?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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The use of mechanical CPR devices was reviewed in three large trials. Outcomes were similar between mechanical devices and manual compressions. The studies did not recommend routinely replacing manual compressions with mechanical CPR devices, but they did not rule out a role for the mechanical devices if high-quality manual chest compression is not available. [41]


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