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A simplified, accepted method of treating cardiac arrest has been described. It is a technique of external cardiac massage which can easily be mastered by the dentist. Using this technique, Johns Hopkins Hospital reported a 70 per cent over-all survival rate in eighty-four arrests. This compares most favorably with a 29 per cent survival rate for the open chest technique.
External cardiac massage, properly applied simultaneously with artificial respiration, can keep the brain and heart sufficiently oxygenated until more definite evaluation and treatment are available, usually in the hospital. A dentist confronted with this dramatic emergency should be able to render effective resuscitation.
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