Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Review: active compression-decompression CPR has no benefit over standard resuscitation for cardiac arrest

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Q What is the effectiveness and safety of active compression-decompression cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ACDR CPR) compared with standard manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation (STR) for cardiac arrest?


Embedded ImageData sources:

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (issue 4, 2003), Medline (to January 2004), and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (to January 2004); reference lists of retrieved articles; experts in the field; and a manufacturer of ACDR CPR devices.

Embedded ImageStudy selection and assessment:

published and unpublished randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-randomised controlled trials in any language that compared ACDR CPR with STR performed by a trained medical or paramedical team in adults (>16 y of age) in cardiac arrest. 2 reviewers independently assessed the quality of individual studies (ie, adequacy of allocation concealment).

Embedded ImageOutcomes:

immediate mortality (spontaneous circulation not recovered); mortality to hospital discharge; …

View Full Text


  • For correspondence: Dr C Lafuente-Lafuente, Service de Médecine Interne A, Hôpital Lariboisière, Paris, France.

  • Source of funding: no external funding.