Physicians Frequently Over-Ventilate Pediatric Patients During CPR

Physicians often perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation improperly in children, generating excessive rescue breaths that could cause "overventilation," according to a study reported in Anesthesiology News.

Excessive ventilation during CPR can reduce blood flow the heart, which decreases the chance of survival, according to the report. The study showed excessive rescue breaths in nearly two-thirds of CPR segments.

According to the researchers, hyperventilation has been shown to worsen outcomes in animals — and based on this data, researchers expect to see a similar effect in humans. The study is the first to assess adherence to ventilation rate guidelines for pediatric patients.

Read the Anesthesiology News report on ventilation in children.

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