In this large retrospective study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, researchers evaluated survival before and after the 2005 update to the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR guide. They found a 1.8 greater adjusted odds of survival after 2005. In a convenience sample of EKG strips, they also found improvements in CPR quality, including higher chest compression rates, higher proportion of time spent in chest compressions, and shorter chest compression pause times. Since the revision of the AHA guidelines, CPR quality and mortality have improved (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.