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Chest compressions

VOL: 98, ISSUE: 22, PAGE NO: 47PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION OFFICER, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALLSponsored by PfizerIn a cardiac arrest, chest compressions support the circulation by increasing intrathoracic pressure and directly compressing the heart (Maier et al., 1984). Even when performed correctly, they still achieve only 30% of the normal cardiac output (Paradis et al., 1989). A sound technique is important to maximise blood flow:

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