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Is external chest compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) most effective when the ascending aorta underlies the ‘compression point’ of the sternum?
  1. Eric M Rottenberg
  1. Correspondence to Eric M Rottenberg, 301B Fenway Road, Columbus, OH 43214, USA; rottenberg.1{at}

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Cha and colleagues1 conducted a study to determine the proper hand position on the sternum for external chest compression to generate a maximal haemodynamic effect during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). They concluded that compression of the sternum at the sternoxiphoid junction might be more effective to compress the ventricles. However, as evidenced by a case report,2 CPR is likely most effective …

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