Mickey Eisenberg, MD, PhD; Richard O. Cummins, MD, MPH; Mary Pat Larsen, MS
To the editors: Data from the article by Murphy and colleagues (1) paint a depressing picture. Lest readers be left with the impression that cardiac resuscitation of elderly patients in the prehospital setting is futile (only 2 of the 244 patients in their study survived), we would like to share our experience in King County, Washington.
The King County Emergency Medical Service Program, in operation since 1975, uses a two-tier response system consisting of emergency medical technicians and paramedics, with average response times of 4 and 10 minutes respectively. Since the program began, we have studied all cardiac arrests in
Mickey Eisenberg, Richard O. Cummins, Mary Pat Larsen. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Elderly. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:408–409. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-5-408
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(5):408-409.
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