closed chest massage

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closed chest mas·sage

rhythmic compression of the heart between sternum and spine by depressing the lower sternum backward with the heels of the hands, the patient lying supine.

closed chest mas·sage

(klōzd chest mă-sahzh')
Rhythmic compression of the heart between sternum and spine by depressing the lower sternum with the heels of the hands, the patient lying supine.
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After a precordial chest thump, external cardiac massage was commenced.
With the patient not in the lateral position, external cardiac massage if it is required in the extreme situation can be performed more effectively.
Accordingly, CPR was optimised by intravenous adrenaline, volume loading and by increasing the depth of external cardiac massage.
During the complex three-hour operation the babies, who are from the Bristol area, needed external cardiac massage to restart their hearts.
Further doses of atropine were given with adrenaline and external cardiac massage, resulting in a return of cardiac rhythm with a heart rate of 60 bpm and systolic blood pressure of 80 mmHg.