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October 12, 2015 Good CPR requires 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute. If you go too fast or too slow it's not as effective. Researchers say using a metronome helps medical providers maintain the right pace.
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A recent study finds that relatives present during resuscitation attempts suffer fewer psychological effects later.
March 13, 2013 Researchers in France and the U.S. say watching a resuscitation attempt doesn't have lingering bad effects on relatives — it can actually be beneficial for them. But a researcher says there will be pushback on the practice from U.S. medical personnel because of their fear of being sued.
Becky Cole was eight months pregnant with her son Ryan when she passed out. Her husband performed CPR for six minutes with the help of a dispatcher before medics arrived.
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May 25, 2012 Your chances of surviving a sudden heart attack may depend on where you live, in part because of the 911 dispatcher. If a dispatcher gives CPR instructions over the phone, the rate of survival goes up. There's now a push to make it universal, but some cities are slow to implement the necessary training.
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"Stayin' Alive" is catchy and memorable, but the Bee Gees' smash hit isn't necessarily a good thing to sing to yourself when giving someone CPR.
November 3, 2011 Listening to the right song helps paramedics give CPR at the right rate. But don't install a jukebox in the ambulance just yet. Musical accompaniment may lead people to press incorrectly even when they press often enough.
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