2010 Guidelines have been released!


The new 2010 CPR Guidelines have been released! I'm still sorting through them but here's the quick list of the changes for layperson rescuers:

Adults
  • Determine unresponsiveness and check breathing quickly
  • Send someone to call for help
  • Start compressions.  No breathing first!  Push at least 2 inches on the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
  • Ratio is 30 compressions and then 2 breaths
  • Use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) as soon as one is available.
Change is the removal of look, listen & feel and the 2 rescue breaths before cycles of compressions begin.

Children
  • Determine unresponsiveness and check breathing quickly
  • Send someone to call for help
  • Start compressions.  No breathing first!  Push at least 1/3 the depth of the chest or 2 inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
  • Ratio is 30 compressions and then 2 breaths
  • Use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) as soon as one is available.
Changes:
Removal of look, listen & feel and the 2 rescue breaths before cycles of compressions begin.
Pushing more deeply on the chest.
Using an AED as soon as it is available (still checking if I'm reading that correctly)


Infant
  • Determine unresponsiveness and check breathing quickly
  • Send someone to call for help
  • Start compressions.  No breathing first!  Push at least 1/3 the depth of the chest or 1 1/2 inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
  • Ratio is 30 compressions and then 2 breaths
  • Use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) as soon as one is available.
Changes:
Removal of look, listen & feel and the 2 rescue breaths before cycles of compressions begin.
Pushing more deeply on the chest.
Using an AED for an infant is new. Pediatric pads should be used, but if they are not available adult pads can be used.

The new emphasis is on Chest Compressions First. The idea is to start chest compressions as quickly as possible. In situations where the rescuer is not sure they can provide breaths Hands Only or Continuous Chest Compression can be used.

There will be a lot more information forthcoming, this is just a quick update on the guidelines that were released this morning. Good news for anyone who recently purchased an AED - you do not need to reprogram it! But there is some additional information on AED's that I will be posting once I've had a chance to digest it all.

Want to read the full summary? Link here.

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