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Documenting the Effects of CPR Performance by Lay Rescuers

This info is taken directly from the American Heart Association and added to our site for education purposes.
Stat Life Medical Training conducts CPR classes in Jacksonville and Orange Park FL.

During the past 5 years there has been an effort to simplify CPR recommendations and emphasize the fundamental importance of high-quality CPR. Large observational studies from investigators in member countries of the Resuscitation Council of Asia and other studies, have provided important information about the positive impact of bystander CPR on survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For most adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, bystander CPR with chest compression only (Hands-Only CPR) appears to achieve outcomes similar to those of conventional CPR (compressions with rescue breathing).28,–,32 However, for children, conventional CPR is superior.

CPR Quality

Minimizing the interval between stopping chest compressions and delivering a shock (ie, minimizing the preshock pause) improves the chances of shock success33,34 and patient survival.33,–,35 Data downloaded from CPR-sensing and feedback-enabled defibrillators provide valuable information to resuscitation teams, which can improve CPR quality.36 These data are driving major changes in the training of in-hospital resuscitation teams and out-of-hospital healthcare providers.

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