Mechanical CPR Fails to Impress

From MedPage Today:

A device that automatically performs chest compressions was no better than manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, the randomized LINC trial found.

The primary endpoint — survival at 4 hours after CPR initiation — was similar in both the mechanical and manual CPR groups (23.6% versus 23.7%), according Sten Rubertsson, MD, an intensivist at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues, who reported the results at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.