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J Pediatr. 2005 Dec;147(6):863-6.

Efficacy of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation and out-of-hospital automated external defibrillation as life-saving therapy in commotio cordis.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Penn State Children's Hospital, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033, USA.


We report a child who sustained commotio cordis after being struck by a baseball, and offer documentation of the advantages of having readily available access to bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED). We suggest that communities and school districts reexamine the need for accessible AEDs and CPR-trained coaches at organized sporting events for children.

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