Study: Pauses between CPR and defibrillation can be deadly

Do not pause between CPR and providing defibrillation because doing so can be deadly.

That is the key message to be taken from a new Canadian study that shows for every five-second delay between pumping the heart manually and shocking it back into action, a patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest plummet by almost 18 per cent.
ANDRÉ PICARD – PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTER— From The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jun. 20, 2011 4:00PM EDT