Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Adult

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Adult

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) seeks to restore and maintain the patient’s respirations and circulation after his heartbeat and breathing have stopped. CPR is a basic life support (BLS) procedure performed on victims of cardiac arrest. It should be performed according to the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines.1

Studies show that early CPR can improve the patient’s likelihood of survival. Chest compressions are particularly important because perfusion during CPR depends on them. To prevent a delay in chest compressions, the AHA changed the sequence of CPR in the 2010 guidelines from “A-B-C” (airway, breathing, and compressions) to “C-A-B” (compressions, airway, and breathing), which gives the highest priority to chest compressions when resuscitating a patient in cardiac arrest.1

High-quality CPR is important not only at the onset of resuscitation but throughout the entire resuscitation process. Integrating defibrillation and other advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) measures into the resuscitation process minimizes interruptions in CPR.1

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Adult

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