Automatic CPR tested at St. Paul’s

A new trial being conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital using automatic CPR devices is being hailed as having the potential to greatly increase the survival rate of individuals experiencing cardiac arrest away from the hospital.

The trial, taking place in partnership with BC Emergency Health Services, sees joint efforts of both paramedics and a cardio team at the hospital to provide patients with “rapid CPR” before they reach St. Paul’s, as well as in-hospital therapy that allows doctors to focus more exclusively on the cause of a cardiac arrest.

Currently, less than 15% of patients suffering a cardiac arrest away from a hospital setting survive, but it’s hoped that survival rate could triple through the use of ECMO-CPR (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.)

Eric MacKenzie reports

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