News You Can Use: AHA Recommends Changes to CPR

The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR recommend a change in the sequence of steps from A-B-C (airway, breathing, chest compressions) to C-A-B (chest compressions, airway, breathing) for adults, children, and infants.  The reason for the recommendation is that the highest survival rates from cardiac arrest are for patients who have a witnessed arrest and an initial rhythm of ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The critical elements of basic life support in these patients are chest compressions and early defibrillation, so by changing the sequence for CPR to C-A-B, chest compressions will be initiated sooner. Now is the time to get your retraining in CPR, contact someone in your local area or search at heart.org.

More information on the new guidelines is available at: http://static.heart.org/eccguidelines/2010-guidelines-for-cpr.html.