If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, hands-only CPR is the recommended form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies that occur outside of medical settings, but it’s simple to learn and easy to remember. Click ≡ to see all the videos in the series On […]
Guidelines recommend prompt defibrillation for treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest due to an initial rhythm of ventricular fibrillation (or pulseless ventricular tachycardia) Epinephrine (adrenaline) is recommended only when patients remain in refractory ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia after many defibrillation attempts. Use of epinephrine before defibrillation is associated with lower odds of survival to […]
2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)
The 2020 Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) are a comprehensive revision of the AHA’s guidelines for adult, pediatric, neonatal, resuscitation education science, and systems of care topics. They have been developed for resuscitation providers and AHA instructors to focus on the resuscitation science and guidelines recommendations that […]
These guidelines applies to all adult, pediatric, and neonatal resuscitation in patients with
suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
The optimal sequence of PALS interventions, including administration of antiarrhythmic drugs during resuscitation, and the preferred manner and timing of drug administration in relation to shock delivery are still not known. One study reported a statistically significant improvement in return of spontaneous circulation when lidocaine administration was compared with amiodarone for pediatric ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular […]
Mistakes that Kill during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Too Slow or Too Fast Chest Compressions Too Shallow or Too Deep Chest Compressions Too Many or Too Slow Breaths Leaning on the Chest Too Many Interruptions Giving Up Too Soon Too Slow Adaptation Oxygen Bubble Bottles or Bacteria Swimming Pools? Humidified oxygen is widely administered in hospitals […]