external chest massage


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external chest massage

; external cardiac massage; ECM rhythmic depression of anterior chest wall to compress the heart between ribcage and spine, to permit filling and emptying of the heart and maintain the circulation of oxygenated blood to brain and vital organs in the event of circulatory collapse; ECM is administered at a rate of 100 compressions per minute; if the patient is not breathing, 30 chest compressions (i.e. at the rate of 100 compressions per minute) alternated with two rescue breaths may be administered, to increase blood oxygen levels (see cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
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