Current standard CPR only provides about one fifth of normal forward blood flow and only about one quarter of the blood flow that is theoretically possible with advanced external techniques. Two such techniques are now approved as optional alternatives in resuscitation guidelines. This chapter reviews modern understanding of the physiology of blood flow during CPR and practical aspects of utilizing more advanced resuscitation methods. When properly performed these methods produce statistically significant increases in survival.


This is the author accepted manuscript of Charles F. Babbs, Circulatory adjuncts: newer methods of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Cardiology Clinics, 20,37-59, 2002. Copyright Elsevier, it is made available here CC-BY-NC-ND, and the version of record is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0733-8651(03)00064-X.

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