Could Better CPR Have Saved Michael Jackson?

More details on the emergency treatment of the pop star come to light.

ByABC News
June 29, 2009, 5:09 PM

June 30, 2009— -- The cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, delivered to Michael Jackson by his personal physician may not have been as effective as it could have been, heart experts told ABC News based on a transcript of the 9-1-1 call placed from Michael Jackson's Los Angeles mansion on the day of his death.

The transcript, which documents a call that Los Angeles emergency dispatchers received at 12:21 p.m. last Thursday, revealed that Jackson lay on a bed while receiving CPR from his personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray -- not on a floor or other hard surface as CPR experts suggest.

In was a point that the 9-1-1 dispatcher actually raised in his conversation with Jackson's security staff at the time of the emergency call.

"Do you have him on the floor? Where's he at right now?" the operator asked.

"He's on the bed sir," the caller responded. "He's on the bed. We need [paramedics]."

"Let's get him on the floor," the operator responded.

During his appearance on "Good Morning America" on Monday, Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff confirmed that Murray began administering CPR while Michael Jackson was lying on a bed.

"He did administer CPR on the bed," Chernoff said. "The bed is a very firm bed. He braced Michael Jackson's back with his hand under his back and compressed his chest with the other hand."

The American Heart Association recommends that cardiac arrest victims lie on a hard surface while receiving CPR -- usually either a backboard or the floor.

The reason for this, said Dr. Benjamin Abella of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Resuscitation Science, is backed by research that suggests performing compressions while the patient is lying on a surface that is softer than the ground essentially robs the compressions of the power needed to keep blood flowing through the body until help arrives.