Monday, October 18, 2010

New American Heart Associatiion Guidelines For CPR

The American Heart Assciation (AHA) has issued new guidelines for CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

Two of the main highlights are
  • "When administering CPR, immediate chest compressions should be done first."
  • "Untrained lay people are urged to administer Hands-Only CPR (chest compressions only)."

Trained people are now urged to start with chest compressions first, and then check the airway and administer breaths. In addition,

  • "During CPR, rescuers should give chest compressions a little faster, at a rate of at least 100 times a minute."
  • "Rescuers should push deeper on the chest, compressing at least two inches in adults and children and 1.5 inches in infants."
  • Between each compression, rescuers should avoid leaning on the chest to allow it to return to its starting position."
  • "Rescuers should avoid stopping chest compressions and avoid excessive ventilation."
  • "All 9-1-1 centers should assertively provide instructions over the telephone to get chest compressions started when cardiac arrest is suspected."


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