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GPs 'save life' of collapsed teammate


"For ethical reasons no trials will ever be carried out comparing CPR vs doing nothing" - I'm unsure why you would ever want to do this comparison. If you want to wait for the heart to (magically) restart all on it's own, how long do you wait? You need to ensure circulation is restarted ASAP/maintained to minimise end organ damage including, as Mr Bashir himself mentions, brain injury. Plenty of people die because of a lack of CRP which means that they have been 'randomised' into the no CPR group. Those that are lucky enough to be near a bystander who undertakes CPR have been 'randomised' to the treatment group. At least some of the latter group survive. Why would you withhold an intervention that has the potential to save a life in preference for inaction that is guaranteed to end in death or as an absolute minimum, severe disability? Yes, this is unethical. Anonymous @ 8:42, may I humbly suggest that you need some revision of cardiac physiology & anatomy.

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27 Nov 2013

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