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The Checkup Archive: First aid and CPR

FDA: Defibrillators malfunctioning too often

Note: An earlier version of this posting incorrectly stated that Jeffrey Shuren worked at the CDC. Defibrillators, those devices that are supposed to shock heart failure patients back to life, are malfunctioning far too often, costing people their lives, according to a report released Monday by the Food and Drug...

By Rob Stein  | November 15, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  FDA, First aid and CPR, emergency medicine, heart failure  
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First aid and CPR guidelines revisited

The American Heart Association has been busy revising its guidelines for administering CPR and, in a separate effort, rewriting some of its basic first-aid advice. That work resulted in Monday's release of two documents, one co-sponsored by the American Red Cross that announces new first-aid practices and a second issued by the AHA addressing a big change in CPR. The Red Cross says it's reviewing that document and will determine whether to alter its training practices accordingly.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 18, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, First aid and CPR, General Health, Workplace health  
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