Our office recently completed CPR training as we do every year to prepare for an emergency we hope will never happen. Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers has been modified over the years to be safer and more effective. We would like to share these changes with you! New science indicates the following recommended order:
Check the scene to assure your safety
Check the patient for responsiveness and no breathing
Call for help and get the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
Check the pulse, if no pulse give 30 compressions
Open the airway and give 2 breaths (give only enough volume of air to visibly see the chest rise)
Resume effective compressions (rate of at least 100/minute and depth of at least one third the depth of the chest)
Compressions should be ideally be initiated within 10 seconds of recognition of the arrest.
“Look, listen, and feel for breathing” has been removed from the sequence for assessment of breathing after opening the airway. Healthcare providers briefly check for breathing when checking responsiveness to detect signs of cardiac arrest. After delivery of 30 compressions, lone rescuers open the victim’s airway and deliver 2 breaths. The American Heart Association Adult Chain of Survival:
- Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system (9-1-1)
- Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Effective advanced life support
- Integrated post-cardiac arrest care.
For your safety and ours, our office maintains an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and routinely practices with it should this become necessary to use in our building! One of my hygienists put her skills to the test last week when a person became unconscious on Main Street. Our training paid off as she was able to manage the situation with skill and proficiency.
You never know when this may happen to you!