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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: July 2019

In this Cochrane systemic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found little evidence to support the effectiveness of dispatching community first responders for out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest survival in adults and children. Dispatching community first responders did result in higher rates of CPR and defibrillation before the arrival of emergency services, but this didn’t significantly increase survival. Further research is needed and should consider both survival and the neurological condition of survivors. 

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Barry  T, Doheny  MC, Masterson  S, Conroy  N, Klimas  J, Segurado  R, Codd  M, Bury  G. (2019). Community first responders for out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest in adults and children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019 (7). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012764.pub2