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Approximately 360000 persons suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) annually in the United States [1], and high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the cornerstone of prehospital resuscitation [2]. Real-time feedback devices improve CPR quality [3] but are typically an accessory to the monitor/defibrillator and not available to the lay public. Instead, the lay public is taught to “push hard and fast” without any provision for real-time feedback to optimize performance [4]. Bystander CPR provides a key link in the chain of survival [5]: communities with higher rates of bystander CPR enjoy commensurate improvements in OHCA survival [2,6], and 1 additional life is saved for every 30 OHCA victims who receive bystander CPR [7].



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The American journal of emergency medicine, 32, 9, 1136-1138.