Saturday, October 23, 2010

CPR Changes: The ABCs are now CABs

The American Heart Association makes an evidenced based announcement - Heart trumps lungs.
May all babies be born into loving hands...

K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

AHA Announces New CPR Sequence in
2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care No More A-B-Cs; now it’s C-A-B!

For more than 40 years, we’ve learned the ABCs of CPR – Airway, Breathing and Compressions. Now, in new 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC, released early this morning, AHA recommends C-A-B, Compressions, Airway and Breathing. The new C-A-B sequence allows rescuers to start with the simplest step, chest compressions, and helps to remove barriers to starting CPR immediately. The AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC continue to emphasize high-quality CPR, focusing on delivering effective chest compressions with minimal interruptions.

Many of the changes and recommendations included in the new CPR and ECC guidelines are designed to simplify CPR and increase bystander response, ultimately saving more lives.

Some additional key changes include:

A new recommended compression depth of at least 2 inches
A new recommended compression rate of at least 100 beats per minute
The elimination of “look, listen and feel for breathing”
The continued recommendation that untrained rescuers provide Hands-Only CPR
A universal sequence (algorithm) for adult CPR
New protocols for EMS activation and training
And much more
Visit to access the full 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC in the journal Circulation, Guidelines Highlights (summary of changes), news coverage, media materials, charts, graphics and more.


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