In this randomized trial of out of hospital cardiac arrest patients, those who were randomized to chest compressions with rescue breathing fared just as well as those without rescue breathing. Survival to hospital discharge and favorable neurologic outcome were not significantly different between the groups. Chest compressions without rescue breathing is as effective as chest compressions alone in cardiac arrest (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.