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Resuscitation. 2002 Sep;54(3):231-6.

Resuscitating an idea: prone CPR.

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  • 1Swedish Medical Center, 747 Broadway, 98122, Seattle, WA, USA.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is widely recognized as an essential part of the medical response to cardiac arrest. Traditional ('basic') CPR has remained essentially unchanged for 40 years despite major problems with training and performance, and survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remain disappointingly low, despite massive resources devoted to CPR training and public awareness. More than a decade ago, an article described an alternative method-prone CPR-which offered many potential advantages over traditional CPR, including much simpler training and increased likelihood of actual performance by bystanders. The article received little notice at the time; however, the method of prone CPR merits further consideration based on a number of subsequent supporting studies and case reports. Prone CPR may represent a superior alternative to traditional CPR; research into its effectiveness should be given high priority.

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