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Military application of mechanical CPR devices: a pressing requirement?
  1. Iain T Parsons1,
  2. A T Cox1 and
  3. P S C Rees1,2
  1. 1 Defence Medical Services, Royal Centre Defence Medicine, Lichfield, UK
  2. 2 School of Medicine, University of St Andrews School of Medicine, St Andrews, UK
  1. Correspondence to Iain T Parsons, Defence Medical Services, Royal Centre Defence Medicine, Lichfield, UK; iainparsons{at}


Maintaining high-quality chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation following cardiac arrest presents a challenge. The currently available mechanical CPR (mCPR) devices are described in this review, coupled with an analysis of the evidence pertaining to their efficacy. Overall, mCPR appears to be at least equivalent to high-quality manual CPR in large trials. There is potential utility for mCPR devices in the military context to ensure uninterrupted quality CPR following a medical cardiac arrest. Particular utility may be in a prohibitive operational environment, where manpower is limited or where timelines to definitive care are stretched resulting in a requirement for prolonged resuscitation. mCPR can also act as a bridge to advanced endovascular resuscitation techniques should they become more mainstream therapy.

  • Resuscitation
  • Mechanical Cpr
  • Military Resuscitation
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  • Contributors IP researched and drafted he manuscript. ATC and PR provided critical review of the content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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