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CPR Compressions: Man or Machine?

by Greg Landin on 11/29/13

So just read another piece on the popularity of the mechanized CPR compressions by the Lucas Device.  Having performed CPR thousands of times over a 30 year career I have mixed feelings on this topic.  Early versions of an "auto-pump" type of device were cumbersome to apply and the power supplies were questionable.  Knowing that many years have passed since then, I can't help but wonder how this tool fits in today.


The American Heart Association promotes that the compressions are to be hard, fast, and at a minimum depth.  I believe the devices today will probably meet all of those criteria.  However, the AHA also states that compressions need to be initiated as quickly as possible and for the most part, uninterrupted.  This is where the application of a mechanical device can trip up.  What have your experiences been?

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