Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

Chest compressions performed by a machine are just as effective at helping heart attack patients as those performed by a human, a Swedish study has found.

Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

The results come from a comparison of 2,500 patients from Sweden, the Netherlands, and England who received assistance with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The patients were then also treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), either performed manually or given by a machine.

After observing patients for six months, researchers from Uppsala University determined that both methods were equally effective, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

The results mean that county health authorities in Sweden that have equipped ambulances with the compression machines, known as Lucas, should keep the machines in use.

While the professor who led the study, Sten Rubertsson of Uppsala University, cautioned that emergency responders should continue to practice the art of manual CPR, he explained that the machine may be better suited to some situations, such as when an ambulance is transporting a patient at high speed.

“It can be really hard to give manual chest compressions during an ambulance ride because you have to stand in back with the ambulances may be going 100 km/h,” he told SR.

“It’s risky and there have been accidents where ambulance workers have been injured.”

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Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal

Two ambulance personnel in Gävle were fired on Tuesday for unprofessional behaviour after they refused to take a young asylum seeker to hospital when he jumped from a window.

Ambulance staff fired after refugee scandal

An investigation concluded that the two workers were unprofessional, with one of them found to have made racist remarks about the 16-year-old refugee. He was also found to have deliberately delayed police work.

Neither of the ambulance workers took proper care of the boy who had just tried to commit suicide by jumping from a balcony six metres from the ground, investigators found.

A transcript of radio communication between police on the scene and local police headquarters confirmed that the young asylum seeker, once he had jumped, had no visible injuries.

The transcript goes on to read, however, “the ambulance refusing to take him!!!!”. The police had to step in instead and take the underage boy to hospital.

“What has happened is so serious and reprehensible in terms of patient safety that the concerned personnel have been notified and dismissed,” said head county official Svante Lönnbark in a statement.

The incident has also been reported to Sweden’s National Health Board (Socialstyrelsen).

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