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Questions over efforts to revive Michael Jackson

June 29, 2009 | 11:44 am

The Jackson family attorney has raised questions about the way Michael Jackson's personal physician attempted to revive him after the pop star was stricken at his Holmby Hills home.

According to a 911 call made from the house after Jackson collapsed, an unidentified man said that Jackson's "personal doctor" was performing CPR on the pop star on his bed.

On the "Today" show, Jackson family attorney L. Londell McMillan said he was concerned about the decision to perform CPR on Jackson on a bed rather than on a firmer flat surface.

Stephen Kishineff, a spokesman for the American Heart Assn., said performing CPR on a hard surface is one of the most vital components to successful chest compressions.

“The bed is the absolute worst place to perform CPR, unless you have a backboard underneath the patient,” Kishineff said.

 One of the goals of CPR is to compress the chest to get blood pumping through the heart again. “If you are placing the chest on a soft mattress, really you are just pushing the patient down and bouncing him in the mattress,” Kishineff said.

If CPR is being performed at home, moving the patient from a bed to a floor, even a carpeted floor, helps increase the percentage of blood flow to organs and to the heart, he said. As long as trauma is not suspected, moving the patient to the floor is best.

 “A mattress is not ideal,” Kishineff said.

The doctor who treated Jackson the day he died defended himself Sunday. Dr. Conrad Murray, through his lawyer, denied reports that he had injected Jackson with powerful painkillers before his death.

"There was no Demerol. No OxyContin," said Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff.

The lawyer, who was present during Murray's three-hour interview with Los Angeles Police Department detectives Saturday, said Jackson was already unconscious when the doctor "fortuitously" entered the bedroom of the performer's mansion.

The 50-year-old pop star "wasn't breathing. He checked for a pulse. There was a weak pulse in his femoral artery. He started administering CPR," said Chernoff, a Houston criminal defense attorney.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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