Tuesday, November 09, 2010

New CPR Guidelines

The American Heart Association has released new CPR guidelines that change A-B-C (airway, breathing, compressions) to C-A-B (compressions first) except for newborn babies.

The main take-away from the new guidelines is that action is more important than assessment in cardiac arrest. No more looking, listening, feeling -- start compressions immediately. Push a little harder (at least 2 inches); push a little faster (at least 100 compressions a minute).

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