Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

Chest compressions performed by a machine are just as effective at helping heart attack patients as those performed by a human, a Swedish study has found.

Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

The results come from a comparison of 2,500 patients from Sweden, the Netherlands, and England who received assistance with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The patients were then also treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), either performed manually or given by a machine.

After observing patients for six months, researchers from Uppsala University determined that both methods were equally effective, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

The results mean that county health authorities in Sweden that have equipped ambulances with the compression machines, known as Lucas, should keep the machines in use.

While the professor who led the study, Sten Rubertsson of Uppsala University, cautioned that emergency responders should continue to practice the art of manual CPR, he explained that the machine may be better suited to some situations, such as when an ambulance is transporting a patient at high speed.

“It can be really hard to give manual chest compressions during an ambulance ride because you have to stand in back with the ambulances may be going 100 km/h,” he told SR.

“It’s risky and there have been accidents where ambulance workers have been injured.”

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Norway ambulance hijacker charged with attempted murder

Police suspect a man who hijacked an ambulance in Oslo in October of five counts of attempted murder resulting from reckless driving.

Norway ambulance hijacker charged with attempted murder
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The police charges were reported by newspaper VG on Wednesday.

“He is charged with attempted murder with regard to an elderly married couple and a mother with a pram with twins,” Oslo Police District Attorney Kari Kirkhorn told the newspaper.

The 32-year-old man, who was charged as a result of the October ambulance hijacking, has agreed to extend his preliminary detention by four weeks, Dagbladet reports.

He will be remanded in custody again on Thursday after four weeks’ initial imprisonment following the incident last month.

He faces charges of attempted murder, possession of weapons and possession of narcotics.

He denies being guilty of attempted murder and is yet to decide on remaining charges, his defence lawyer Øyvind Bergøy Pedersen told Dagbladet.

A 25-year-old woman also charged in connection with the ambulance hijacking appeared in court on Wednesday, where her own detention was extended. She faces multiple charges.

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