External chest compression in acute asthma: a preliminary study

Crit Care Med. 1989 Jul;17(7):686-7. doi: 10.1097/00003246-198907000-00018.


The technique of external chest compression to assist expiration has been used in asthmatic patients for some years, but it has not been described in detail in the medical literature. We describe a method for assisted expiration and its apparent value in the emergency treatment of asthma. The technique requires further evaluation to determine its role in the resuscitation of asthmatics.

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Humans
  • Pressure
  • Resuscitation / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Thorax