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FDA approves new CPR devices that may increase cardiac arrest survival

from By Lynn Hetzler

On March 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new CPR devices that might improve patient's chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Only 7 percent of the 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospitals each year survive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the fact that two-thirds of these patients receive treatment from emergency medical service providers. The CDC recommends implementing a "chain of survival," which includes early CPR with an emphasis on chest compression. more

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