Mickey Eisenberg, MD, PhD; Richard O. Cummins, MD, MPH; Mary Pat Larsen, MS
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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
Eisenberg M, Cummins RO, Larsen MP. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the Elderly. Ann Intern Med. ;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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