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By Lue, Aurora Bapineedu, Kuchipudi; Sori, Alan J; Fares, Louis II To the Editor: I am writing about a case which involved a 14- yearold boy who was brought to our Trauma Center via ambulance unresponsive and intubated after he collapsed during a baseball game after being struck in the chest.
Conventional medical wisdom has held that pounding a heart attack victim's chest with your fist -- called a precordial thump -- might restore normal heart function, but new research appears to rule it out as an optimal solution.
The precordial thump is an application of mechanical energy through a calculated strike to the torso when in a specific fatal heart rhythm. This procedure is used in very specific circumstances by highly trained health professionals with ACLS certifications. The Procedure While in the presence of a patient that is suffering a potentially fatal heart rhythm, a medical provider can strike a calculated point on the sternum to disrupt that rhythm. The energy transferred by the provider is...
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