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Announcing AHA BLS (Healthcare Provider) GUIDELINES UPDATE FOR CPR AND ECC

On October 15, 2015 the American Heart Association (AHA) released the 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). 

Key 2015 Guideline revisions include:

  • Healthcare providers are directed to perform critical assessments simultaneously, such as checking for breathing and a pulse, to reduce time to the first set of chest compressions.
  • Chest compressions should be performed at a rate of 100-120 per minute, with compression depth between 2 to 2.4 inches for the average adult, to optimize effect. Allow full recoil after chest compression, minimize pauses, and ventilate adequately (each breath over 1 second or just enough to cause chest rise).
  • A range of targeted temperature management (TTM) between 32 and 36 Celsius, maintained for 24 hours post arrest, is considered beneficial to prevent brain function compromise. 
  • If opioid overdose is suspected in those unresponsive victims without normal breathing, who are still maintaining a pulse, BLS providers (and appropriately trained lay rescuers) are guided to consider use of naloxone.

Each year more than 326,000 OHCA and 209,000 IHCAs occur with survival rates averaging 10 percent. For more than 50 years, CPR training has made a difference in saving lives and strengthening communities. ‚Äč


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