Cardiac And Circulation
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman notest that the new AHA CPR Guidelines seem simple in several areas, but they’ll require EMS to carefully retrain crews, adopt a new thought process and systems approach to cardiac arrest management, and develop a more integrated citizen, police, fire, EMS and hospital interface.
Issues in CPR performance and resuscitation are discussed, as well as best practices in CPR training, historical practices that have to be changed, pitfalls and obstacles to proper CPR performance, the importance of feedback and feedback devices in producing positive outcomes and what hospitals have learned about CPR performance that can help prehospital teams.
Although CPR has been used for many years in conjunction with other resuscitation interventions, recent studies demonstrating the reality of its use in clinical settings and linking its quality to patient outcomes have revolutionized attitudes surrounding the importance of properly performed chest compressions.
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