CPR on children boosts survival rate when heart stops beating: hospital

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/12/05
By:  Central News Agency

Children who receive CPR after falling unconscious are twice as likely to regain a spontaneous heartbeat. (CNA photo)

Children who receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) after their heart stop beating are twice as likely to regain a spontaneous heartbeat than those who do not follow emergency treatment, according to a study released Thursday (Dec. 5).

The study, conducted by Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, analyzed data on 152 patients, all under the age of 18, who had no heartbeat when they arrived at the hospital.

On average the hospital treated 1.5 such underage patient cases per month from 2005 to 2016, said Li Jung (李嶸), head of the hospital's pediatric emergency medicine department.

Of the 152 patients, only 15 received CPR after their heart stopped beating and in 60 percent of those cases, the patient's heart started beating again following emergency treatment at the hospital.    [FULL  STORY]

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