Mechanisms of blood flow during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Abstract

Despite the widespread clinical appliciktion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the mechanism responsible for blood flow during this maneuver remains undefined, although it has been assumed that blood is squeezed from the heart by direct compression of the sternum. We studied the hemodynamics of CPR in 15 arrested dogs. During chest compression… (More)

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