Photo: AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File
Photo: AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File

Emergency services to help carry out CPR research on patients

Emergency services to help carry out CPR research--live
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Swedish Radio News reports that the Ethical Review Board has approved letting SOS Alarm operators give different instructions to people who call in for emergency advice on how to help someone needing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for the benefit of a study into CPR techniques.

The new big Swedish study will try to find out whether it could be better to recommend just giving chest compressions to someone whose breathing or heartbeat has stopped, and NOT to combine it with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 

Radio Sweden interviewed Dr. Jacob Hollenberg, cardiologist at the South hospital in Stockholm, PhD researcher with the Karolinska Institute, and the person in charge of the study, about the ethical question behind this, as well as the context for the study.

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