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Nat Rev Cardiol. 2013 Apr;10(4):188-9. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2013.27. Epub 2013 Mar 5.

Cardiac resuscitation: Is an advanced airway harmful during out-of-hospital CPR?

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  • 1The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Critical Care, 34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399, USA.


In a new, observational study, survival and neurological outcome at 1 month after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were worse in patients treated with an advanced airway than in those treated with bag–mask ventilation. These results contradict the common assumption that advanced airway management is associated with improved outcome.

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