Three-question test predicts when CPR won't work

Canadian researchers found that three criteria accurately predict whether patients in cardiac arrest will benefit from continued cardiopulmonary resuscitation and survive the event. The findings suggest CPR should cease if a pulse can't be restored, if the emergency worker didn't witness the cardiac event and if the defibrillator indicated an electric shock should not be given. Adopting the criteria could reduce futile emergency room transports by about two-thirds, according to the researchers.

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