Category Archives: CPR

Teens Can Perform CPR As Well As Adults And Should Be Taught From An Early Age

Thirteen year-olds can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as adults, finds a study published on bmj.com today. The authors suggest that children as young as nine years old should be taught CPR skills including chest compressions.

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Brief Video Training Dramatically Boosts Hands-Only CPR Attempts

Study participants who viewed a brief hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) video were more likely to attempt CPR, and perform better quality CPR in an emergency than participants who did not view the short videos, according to research reported in Circulation: … Continue reading

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Survival Predictors of Cardiac Arrest in the ICU

The type of cardiac arrest suffered by patients in intensive care units (ICUs) may predict their long-term survival rate, states a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

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200,000 Patients Treated for Cardiac Arrest Annually in US Hospitals

More than 200,000 people are treated for cardiac arrest in United States hospitals each year, a rate that may be on the rise. The findings are reported online in Critical Care Medicine in a University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of … Continue reading

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Longer Initial CPR Provides No Benefit

A study involving nearly 10,000 cardiac arrest patients from 10 North American regions has shown that extending the period of initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by paramedics and firefighters from one to three minutes provides no benefit. The study, led by … Continue reading

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What Are BCLS, BLS, and CPR-Heartsaver Certification Programs All About?

Overview of the BCLS and BLS Certification Program Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is a qualification demonstrating that someone has successfully completed a BCLS program.  The program may take up to 6-8 hours. This program reviews the risks for … Continue reading

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Hands-Only CPR Simplifies Saving Lives For Bystanders

Chest compressions alone, or Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), can save lives and can be used to help an adult who suddenly collapses, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement. Hands-Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving option to be … Continue reading

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A New Order for CPR, Spelled C-A-B: American Heart Association Guidelines

The American Heart Association is re-arranging the ABCs of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in its 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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CPR Efforts Successful On Man With No Pulse for 96 Minutes

By all counts, the 54-year-old man who collapsed on a recent winter night in rural Minnesota would likely have died. He’d suffered a heart attack, and even though he was given continuous CPR and a series of shocks with a … Continue reading

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Chest Compression-Only CPR Improves Survival in Cardiac Arrest Patients, Study Finds

Heart attack patients whose hearts have stopped beating and who receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from bystanders fare better if their resuscitators skip the rescue breaths and do only chest compression, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University … Continue reading

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