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Survival rates for patients who experience "out-of-hospital" cardiac arrests have improved steadily over the past decade. Why? Because other people got involved. Bystander CPR and use of on-site automated external defibrillators contributed to the higher number of survivors, according to a study by Bryan McNally, associate professor of emergency medicine at Emory. "The study is about getting back to the basics and teaching community members to start CPR if someone is in need, rather than waiting on emergency personnel to arrive," McNally says.

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"Survival rates improve in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests" (Emory News Center, 11/21/14)

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